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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 

Natasha Lindstrom

March 21, 2016

Almost all his friends had begun to read, but Giordan Dixon just wasn’t getting it.

Dixon, then an elementary school student, recalled sharing his embarrassment about falling behind academically with his mother, who promptly devoted several hours a week to reading with him and taking him to the library.

Dixon — now 16 and poised to graduate from Westinghouse Academy in Homewood — has spent the past two years as a “reading warrior,” a part-time job tutoring students in grades K-5 at Woolslair Elementary School in Lawrenceville.

“I had a support system, but I know some kids don’t,” said Dixon, who plans to attend Community College of Allegheny County for a year before pursuing a degree in music production at Duquesne University. “I want to do my part to improve their skills and help them out.”

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