From soft-drink commercials to dirt road races, Taylor Clark has seen all-terrain vehicles “airing it out” over sand dunes, coming down for “big hits” in mud bogs, and “parting the waves” through shallow creeks.

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When about 20 Franklin second-graders arrived for the first day of reading camp this summer, many of them were still trying to learn words that don’t sound the way they’re spelled, such as “the.”

Teacher Anne Wilson tested the students’ vocabularies on the first day of camp, seeing how many of them recognized or knew the definitions of 54 words.

These are words the students should have mastered by the time they reach second grade.

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