The Christmas assembly at Marguerite Vann Elementary School started out with recognition of a student who set a district-wide record.

Fourth-grader Cady Gray Murray has completed the Lexia program, a computer based elementary literacy program adopted by the school district. She was the first student throughout Conway schools to do so.

The computer-assisted reading program can be done at the computer lab or at home and is intended to help students develop their reading skills.

"The Lexia program goes all the way up to the fifth grade, and we just started it here last year," Assistant Principal Rebecca Decker said at the assembly. "I know you guys are working really hard here at school, and I know a lot of you are working hard at home. What working hard on Lexia is going to do is make you a better reader and make you a great reader."

Murray has completed the entire Lexia program, reading up to the fifth grade level.

Murray’s mother Donna Bowman said she worked on the program a little bit at home and was a little shocked when she was finished with it.

"I think she started at a higher level and was surprised when she finished so early," she said.

Murray was presented with a certificate from Principal Bobby Walker and Superintendent Greg Murry for her accomplishment.

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