Following a round of budget cuts that saw Gwinnett County school officials slice $89 million out of their operating costs, a group of teachers at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville has banded together to give free reading classes for young students this summer.
The teachers' group was organized by Benefield Elementary teacher Karon Stocks, who didn't want her students to forget what they learned in the school year during their summer break.
Stocks said she put out an email, asking co-workers to volunteer with her.
"Within 15 minutes I had five people who'd already signed up," she said. "We have about 40 to 45 teachers who are coming and volunteering three hours of their time."
Benefield Elementary opened up its library for the program, which meets on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
"I think it's really important that the (kids) not just be on the computer or watching TV," she said.
In the three Wednesdays the school has opened up its library this summer, Stocks said they've had about 100 families take advantage each time. She anticipates they'll bring the program back again next summer.
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