It's reading time in her second grade classroom at William Paca Old Post Road Elementary School, and Maryland member Ellen Harris says she can't quite believe her eyes or ears.
"In the past for some students, it was a struggle to read even one book, let alone two or three," explains Harris, a 34-year classroom veteran." For others, it was a chore or a bore."
These days, the students in Harris's classroom are not only reading, they're recommending books to one another, books they can pull off the shelves of an 800-book classroom library.
The library is just one of the benefits of belonging to the Harford County Reading Excellence Act program, funded …