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Hannah Holien, left, and Kenzi Cox read aloud Wednesday in Nick Claseman’s second-grade classroom at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Claseman was part of a group of Kennedy Elementary teachers who gathered this week to talk about the “summer slide” — a period where students focused on summer activities can experience diminished classroom skills when they return in the fall — and how to avoid it. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar teachers offer suggestions for avoiding 'summer slide'

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WILLMAR -- Teachers call it the "summer slide."

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They watch bright, energetic children walk out the door in May, but when they return in September, their abilities may have diminished.

Why does that happen?

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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(320) 214-4340
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