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Walk-A-Thon To Help Children with Dyslexia

September 28, 2014 1 p.m. Bangor City Forest

How to participate:

Walkers will meet at the Bangor City Forest at 12:30.  Registration is $15 unless you have collected $15 in pledges.  The walk begins at 1 p.m. rain or shine.  You have your choice of a 3.1 mile walk or 1 mile loop through the bog. 

Donations can be made at www.valleyofbangor.org

Children’s Dyslexia Center

  • There are two Centers in Maine and 59 in the country
  • The centers provide professional treatment – free of charge – to children with dyslexia
  • The centers are committed to increasing public awareness of dyslexia
  • The centers provide training for local teachers or volunteers who want to tutor dyslexic children.
  • The centers are a nonprofit corporation supported by the Scottish Rite Masonic Jurisdiction


  • Dyslexia affects 20% of the population
  • A dyslexic child can learn to read with the right teaching methods
  • There are approximately 40,000 children in Maine who are dyslexic
  • There are few resources to teach these children to read
  • There are only two learning centers in Maine dedicated to teaching dyslexic children.  Each center enrolls approximately 40 children
  • 63% of Maine children are not proficient in reading and math
  • 61% of children in our country are not proficient in reading & math
  • Thirty years ago, the US was the world leader in quantity and quality of education.  Today, we are 18th out of 23 industrialized countries.
  • According the Alliance for Excellent Education:

“Because too many students are not learning the basic skills needed to succeed in college or work while they are in high school, the nation loses more than $3.7 billion a year.  This figure includes $1.4 billion to provide remedial education to students who have recently completes high school.”

  • 75% of America’s state prison inmates did not complete high school.
  • 50% of youth who appear in court have dyslexia.