Dyslexia is very common.
Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80-90 percent of all those with learning differences. It takes away an individual's ability to read quickly and automatically, and to retrieve spoken words easily, but it does not dampen their creativity and ingenuity. Dyslexia can't be "cured" - it's lifelong. With the right supports, dyslexic individuals can become highly successful students and adults.
Lack of suitable options for students...
There are only of three schools on the West Coast that specialize in meeting the educational needs of students with learning differences. Park Academy is a small non-profit private school that was established in 2005 to fill a rising community need. They now serve 100 students in the Portland metropolitan area, grades 3-12, who's needs have not been met in a traditional school setting. They have developed an accredited curriculum around research-based multisensory methodologies and their instructional approaches deal with learning differences through auditory, visual, and kinesthetic modalities. Because the tuition fees don't cover the operational expenses, Park Academy has to use contributions, grants, and fundraisers to make up the difference.
We're trying to help raise awareness and funding.
Park Academy hosts several fundraising events each year, but has never had a way to do grassroots fundraising. Which is where we come in, a team of Clackamas Community College students trying to support an issue that several of us have personal experience with, through our community outreach project. We are running an awareness campaign on social media and setting up this crowdfunding platform, for Park Academy, to help their future fundraising efforts.
You can join us!
We're trying to raise enough money to fulfill the teachers' wish list for school supplies. Every year the teachers request additional supplies for their classrooms, but the only way they can get them is through donations. If we can raise $5,000, all the teachers' wish list would come true and the students would have ample supplies for their school year!