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Middle-schoolers are on their way

Two middle school students were honored in May for their accomplishments in reading improvement with the On Your Way Award from Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra. The award was presented to two students who have worked hard to improve their reading skills.

Franky Martinez, and eighth-grade student at South Tahoe Middle School, was chosen by his teacher, Holly Greenough, and his reading specialist, Sandi Hamm.

“Franky has made almost two years of growth in just five months. He lights when reading now. He volunteers to read often and is excited about read,” Greenough said.

Franky’s favorite books are the Goosebump series. “When you read you can use your own imagination. You don’t have to see it how someone else sees it,” he said about why he likes reading.

Wendy Flores, an eighth-grade student at Kingsbury Middle School, was nominated by her teacher, Mr. O’Conner.

“Wendy showed an exceptional amount of growth in reading on our district testing. She has really shown an interest in books this year,” O’Conner said.

Wendy’s favorite book is “Go Ask Alice” because it tells a real story about what happens to people. “Reading is interesting. It is neat to read about things that can happen and things that may never happen,” Wendy said.

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra presented Franky and Wendy each with a $25 gift certificate to a local book store and they were honored with the On Your Way Award during a presentation at their respective school. The club’s goal is to enhance youth through education, opportunities and acknowledgment. The focus of the club is to support youth reading and literacy in the school and in the community.

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