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Myton students celebrate 100-percent increase in reading levels

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MYTON — In the small Eastern Utah town of Myton, they like to go big, and the community staged a Myton-style celebration for the elementary school students for their reading progress on Friday night.

The Mighty Myton readers have worked hard this school year. A few dozen struggling students worked one-on-one with volunteer tutors, many of whom drive 20 miles to get to the school.

However, the efforts paid off, according to principal Jennifer Wall.

"At this point, all our students who took part in the tutoring made benchmark," Wall said. "They were below grade level, now they're at grade level."

The 100 percent success of the students has transformed scores and confidence so the students and their families celebrated with BBQ, bounce houses and a dunk tank.

Myton's Read Today program is administered by AmeriCorps, using the State Office of Education's STAR tutoring program.

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