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Reading between the baselines

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Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Erin Edwards

Those who attended the August 11 game against the Nationals not only got to see Zack Greinke’s six scoreless innings and Yasiel Puig’s five RBI, they could also witness another one of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation’s Giving Moments.

Sasha Murillo, a sixth-grade student from Hollenbeck Middle School, was recognized for her success in the “Take Me Out to the Book Game” reading challenge. Sasha read 82 books and is now reading at an 11th-grade level.

Murillo’s success was due in part to LADF grantee City Year LA, which deployed 28 AmeriCorps members to Clinton and Hollenbeck middle schools to help raise reading levels. The AmeriCorps members met with students during and after school, and were able to add 40 minutes of reading per week for each student that attended.

“City Year is a great place to learn,” Murillo said. “It gives you confidence, and it’s inspiring.”

Murillo, who wants to be a lawyer when she grows up, said the best book she read was “Freak the Mighty.”

More than 350 City Year Corps members and staff attended the game to cheer on Murillo and the Dodgers. Visit to learn more about LADF.



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  1. jpavko

    My eight year old would leave her in the dust, reading wise

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