Thanks to PCEF Donors, Struggling Readers Receive a Life-Changing GIFT!

"I knew something was wrong," says one parent. "My spirited, bright daughter, who loved preschool, didn't want to be in kindergarten; getting her to school was a challenge."
"In December of that year, my daughter was identified as a struggling reader and as a child who might have dyslexia. That conversation kick-started a lot of intervention services, testing, and advocacy."
The Dyslexia Initiative began last year, thanks to a gift to PCEF from the Hall Family Fund. McPolin Elementary piloted Wilson Fundations, a multi-sensory reading curriculum, in grades K - 2.  According to PCSD Elementary Curriculum Specialist Julie Hastings, "Each teacher was tackling the problem of struggling readers, but there was no systemic approach. Fundations gave teachers an excellent tool to help all readers, and identify struggling and dyslexic ones."
The pilot did so well, that Wilson Fundations is being rolled out this year to all PCSD elementary schools in grades K-2, and K-3 in McPolin, thanks to an additional gift to PCEF from the Hall Family Fund.
Fundations is an expensive program. "This is a great example of a public-private partnership," says Hastings, "This program would not exist without the support of PCEF, the Hall Family Fund, and the advocacy of PC READS."
"I credit this program for changing the course of my daughter's academic career and her life, frankly," says a McPolin parent. "Early detection and intervention is critical.  My daughter is doing great in first grade, and loves school!"
Read about this program in the Park Record.

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