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Mathew Allen will be in second grade this year at Grey Cloud Elementary School. He's one of 100 children who attend the summer Bag of Books program. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

'Bag of Books' summer library program keeps kids reading in Cottage Grove

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Children wearing backpacks is an uncommon sight during summer vacation -- unless they're going to school once a week for the Bag of Books program.

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About 100 kids are participating in Grey Cloud Elementary School book program and the full backpacks they carry show that reading is part of their summer activities.

Educators have known for a long time that some students don't retain reading and math skills over the summer, but school libraries often are not available.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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