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Teachers Volunteer To Give Free Reading Classes Following Budget Cuts

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File photo of a classroom. (Photo by FRANK PERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of a classroom. (Photo by FRANK PERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – Earlier this month, funding issues caused Gwinnett County to cut 600 jobs after approximately $89 million was taken out of their operating budget, a drastic measure echoed in other counties throughout the state.

Now, teachers at Benefield Elementary School in Lawrenceville are rallying for the sake of education, and volunteering to give free reading classes to any interested young students this summer.

Teacher Karon Stocks spearheaded the effort, which began with an e-mail asking for fellow volunteers.

The response was instantaneous, she told CBS affiliate WGCL-TV.

“Within 15 minutes I had five people who’d already signed up,” she told the station. “We have about 40 to 45 teachers who are coming and volunteering three hours of their time.”

Every Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, the Benefield Elementary School library is open to all interested families. In the three sessions they’ve hosted so far, an estimated 100 families have participated each time.

“I think it’s really important that the (kids) not just be on the computer or watching TV,” Stocks said, noting to WGCL-TV that they will likely bring the program back next year.

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