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Al Exito students from Miller bond with Franklin Elementary students

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Miller Middle School eighth grader Karen Prudencio reads to Franklin Elementary School third grader Jorge Valdovinos. The Miller Al Exito group is inspiring younger students through this partnership.

The Miller Middle School Al Exito student group typically meets weekly to talk about college and their future. The group of Latino students has added more to their plate as they now try to inspire younger students and give back to the community.

The eighth graders visited Franklin Elementary School on April 2 to start a partnership which leads to regular visits to the school to read and interact with the elementary students.

“It feels good because you get to help the little kids,” said Al Exito member and Miller eighth grader Karen Prudencio.

Oscar Cardenas, ELL teacher at Miller and a leader in Al Exito, said the group is also planning to make college visits and many of the female members are getting ready to attend the Latina Youth Conference at Iowa State University on April 6.

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Miller eighth grader Damien Rosas, right, holds the book as Franklin student Carter Bracy, center, reads and student Carson Kensler looks on.

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Miller eighth grader John Ruano, left, gets to know the Franklin students.