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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'


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

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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