Lawrence, MA: 3/1/17 Julia Perlowski, a teacher and reading consultant at the Parthum Middle School, works with a fifth grade class to inspire the young students to tackle, learn, and appreciate Shakespeare with a reading from Romeo and Juliet. Photo/Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe story/Robert Pushkar (19nolawrence)

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Julia Perlowski works with a fifth-grade class at the Parthum Middle School in Lawrence.

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