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Amber Parcher/The Gazette
Alan Hyde works with his son Alex, a third-grader at Viers Mill Elementary School in Wheaton, on a writing project at the school's Tuesday Family Learning Night. The learning nights have been a way to draw normally busy parents into the school with their children, say school officials. Tuesday's family night got a bit of excitement with a visit from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller, who praised the school's hard work and success with its mostly poor population.