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LUCAMA — Vowels and consonants were on display at the Letterland Parade Tuesday at Lucama Elementary School.

Kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders dressed up in groups representing each letter of the alphabet.

Characters such as Eddie Elephant, Firefighter Fred, Golden Girl, Talking Tess and Oscar Orange were among the personalities who came to life in a variety of costumes created by the children.

The program is similar to one put on by students two years ago at the school.

Letterland is a phonic system used by the students to learn the alphabet and aid in reading and writing skills.

Leigh Simpson, a kindergarten teacher at the school, was one of the organizers.

“I think there is a disconnect between letters and sounds, and I think that we have just missed that part in teaching,” Simpson said.

“I think it follows them all the way through fifth grade, and that’s where we are seeing the slipping grades in EOG testing because we are missing the basic part of reading.”

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