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East fourth grader Grisel Moriel stand next to the chart tracking student progress in the Passport to Reading program. Moriel is the only student with her name on the list of those who have met the goal of reading 20 books.

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East fourth grader overcomes language barrier, leads school in Passport to Reading

When fourth grade teacher Linda Davis met then third grader Grisel Moriel last year during the Girls on the Run program, Moriel was unable to speak English and communicated with the group through a translator. One year later the East fourth grader is now in Davis’s class, and it’s her name alone on the list of students who have already met the goal of reading 20 books for the Passport to Reading program. Although her English is still a little broken, Davis says Moriel has grown in leaps and bounds, unrecognizable as the little girl who couldn’t speak English only last year.

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