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Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has recognized Virginia Wesleyan College as a 2015 Model Partner for its Marlins Read Program at Shelton Park Elementary School. The College will be honored at a VBCPS Community Celebration on April 30 at Kellam High School. Marlins Read was established in 2008 at Diamond Springs Elementary School as a one-on-one mentoring program aimed at helping young students reach their literacy proficiency. The program expanded in 2009 to Newtown Elementary, and again in 2011 to Bayside Elementary and Shelton Park Elementary. VWC students Kylah Jackson ’15 and Heather Edwards ’18 have served as the most recent student liaisons at Shelton Park. Model Partnerships are selected as examples of best practices of meaningful community involvement in the Virginia Beach school district. Award winners are chosen through a nomination and panel review process. The VBCPS Partnership Advisory Link, an advisory body made up of school and community representatives, began annually recognizing Model Partnerships in 2001. This is VWC’s second VBCPS Model Partnership Award—the College received the honor in 2012 for the Marlins Read program at Bayside Elementary. More