Resources available for students behind on reading

Posted at 10:41 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 15:17:04-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Reading a book can open up a whole new world of possibilities. That’s why 13 Action News is proud to be a part of our company literacy campaign called If you Give a Child a Book.

From now until Sept. 30, we are doing a series of stories about the importance of literacy in our community.

We’ve all heard of the summer slide. Students fall behind a few months behind after a summer full of fun and learning the books behind. A pandemic may have pushed progress behind even further.

“Now in addition to that, we have several more months, we have the COVID slide in addition to the summer slide,” said John Hackmann, Executive Director of Huntington Learning Center.


Huntington Learning Center is located in Summerlin and Henderson. It offers tutoring for students K-12.

Hackmann says students often come in one to three levels behind in reading.

“For instance, we have a third grader coming in that would be reading at a first grade or even kindergarten level,” Hackmann said.

Low reading skills can impact a student’s ability to succeed in all other subjects.

Huntington staff will test students to see where they need the extra help. The goal is to get students to ready above their grade level.

“The students who come in four to five days a week, we had a couple of them move up two grade levels in both reading and math,” said Eda Hackmann, Center Director for Huntington Learning Center.

Parents can make a big difference too. Hackmann suggests having a student read to their parent every day to become more fluent. If a parent is not around or if your child is anxious reading in front of people, they can read to their favorite stuffed animal, plan, or family pet.

Clark County School District is also offering virtual tutoring through the Academic Support and Community Service Support Center. Click here for the link to register.

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The 2020 Scripps Howard Foundation’s If you Give a Child a Book campaign is sponsored by Findlay Toyota and benefits Spread the Word Nevada.