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The young readers and their teachers at Pembroke Primary School are some of the best in the world.
Pembroke has been honored by the International Reading Association as the New York State representative for its Exemplary Reading program.
Principal Jeff Evoy explained the Morning Reading Block at Pembroke Primary as one example of its overall program:

"All adults in the building, teachers, staff and administrators, we all get involved with reading exercises with our students.  We want to model the positive aspects of reading and it's been very effective."

Pembroke Reading Specialist Jennifer Calarco works with a student in a Reading Recovery classAnother aspect of Pembroke’s commitment is its Reading Recovery Program. Evoy said it has produced impressive results:

"It's a First Grade program and it's for those struggling readers in the lowest 20-percent of achievement. They are matched with a reading specialist for 30 minutes every day for a 12 to 20 week period. When our students leave us and go to the intermediate school in 3rd Grade we saw over 80-percent of our students who had been in Reading recovery scoring at the proficient level (the passing rate) on the New York State exam."

PHOTO: Pembroke Reading Specialist Jennifer Calarco works with a student in a Reading Recovery class.

None of the achievements would be possible, Evoy said, without strong community involvement:

"We always have parents in our building, especially in reading. We have also had members of the community, police officers, sheriff's deputies, parents and other administrators as guest readers. The community has shown outstanding support of our reading initiatives." 
Student enrollment at Pembroke Primary School numbers 245 in grades Kindergarten through 2.Evoy said he and teacher Mary Beth Dean will travel to Saratoga, NY on April 3 to accept the award.

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