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Summer graduates younger than most

A Read 3 graduate holding her diploma after walking the stage.
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“I like the one with monkeys,” explained little Avram Vasquez as he was trying to remember the actual name of the book. He said it was his favorite one and he read it while part of the Read 3 program this summer. On Friday, August 3, the little 4-year-old and more than a hundred other children from Harlandale and San Antonio ISD’s took part in the program’s graduation.


Read 3 is sponsored by HEB with support from the University of Texas at San Antonio. It aims at teaching three to five-year-olds, who have never attended school, the basics of reading. The program also gets the entire family involved, explaining to moms, dads, grandparents and siblings the importance of reading to their little ones at least three times a week. During the summer session, families and teachers met at elementary campuses twice a week for three weeks.