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Matthew's mom, Fabiola, first signed Matthew up for the Kindergarten Academy and After School Program in Fall of 2012. When Matthew first arrived at the YMCA, he struggled to recognize letters and read simple words. Matthew has come to the YMCA nearly every day since he first arrived, and each day our leaders in the Early Childhood and After School Programs read with him, helping him improve and grow not only his literacy but his character. Now, as a first grader Matthew is excited to read by himself. He asks the leaders to challenge him with words to read, and even when they give him a difficult word, he figures it out and proudly exclaims "I can READ!".