Summer literacy program turning the page on poverty

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A new program in San Diego County aims to keep elementary school children from falling behind during the summer months.

Created by United Way of San Diego County, "Readers in the Heights" Literacy Summer Camp is a free program for families.

Advocates say students who aren't reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school.

"This is indicative of how well they will do throughout high school, how much their earning potential will be as they mature into adults," said Ian Gordon, Chief Impact Officer. "This is really ground zero, if you will, for ensuring they do excel throughout life."

In its third year now, the Readers in the Heights went from serving 40 children to now over 300.

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