Mr. Ron Carson, DDGM & 1st Masonic District Grand Lodges
Dear Mr. Carson:
The Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. have taken the lead nationally in tutoring children with dyslexia at no cost to their parents. This is a tremendous benefit to both the children and their families who come from every ethnic and socioeconomic background. We do this important work in 45 centers in 13 states and underwrite the program entirely through donation.
Since opening in 2002, over 175 children have received services. We have certified nearly 50 tutors in the Orton-Gillingham Method. At present, the Center in Lancaster is serving 27 children and will being training 4 new teachers soon. This past September, the Center began a program to certify 6 teachers in the Advanced Training Program. Instruction is individualized and one-on-one, a program of far greater intensity than can be offered within the public schools. As the children gain the skills to overcome their reading roadblocks their self-esteem is restored and they can succeed in a regular classroom setting. It costs us between $5,000 and $6,000 per child, per year, to provide this service.
As part of our effort to continue this important work, the Children’s Dyslexia Center plans to have its annual Spring Pie Sale on March 28th of this year, and again in the fall for the holidays. This event is intended to raise funds to sustain the tutoring program and to raise awareness in the community of the problems children with dyslexia encounter. Greater awareness means more children can be diagnosed and treated. With your help the Center will continue to reach out to more and more children in need of our services.
We ask your lodge to consider a sponsorship of our pie sales. We are offering you three levels at which to participate:
Platinum-$1000 Gold -$500 or Silver-$250.
The name of your lodge and level will be printed on labels affixed to each pie box amounting to between 4500 and 5000 pies sold in Lancaster County. You will also receive a plaque to display at your lodge that shows your participation in our program. Your pledge can be paid in full now, or be divided into two equal parts; half payable in the spring of 2018 and half payable in the fall of 2018.
Any inquiries concerning the Pie Sale should be directed to Brother Willis Hackman, at 717.940.9309.
The Masons and their affiliates are a giving organization. We hope you will consider supporting our children with dyslexia and the Children’s Dyslexia Center.
Heather Hinkel, Director