Literacy in Laredo, Texas

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Daniela Gutierrez (cq, left) and Alexandra Lopez (cq), both fourth grade students at C. M. Macdonell Elementary School in Laredo, Texas, who wrote letters to the D. Dalton book store sompany asking to not have their bookstore, the only bookstore in town, close. With over 95 percent of the population as Hispanic Spanish speakers, Laredo ranked the lowest in literacy rates in the 2000 US census. Today there are a number of bi-lingual and dual langauge classes set up to help students and adults learn english...PHOTOS/ MATT NAGER