Dyslexia Day at the Capitol Update

Update from the Capitol yesterday:

♦ There seems to be a lot of bipartisan support for SB48, which will mandate screening for all Georgia students Pre-K – 2nd grade. This will help dyslexic students get identified sooner so that intervention can begin sooner, which will increase the chance of a child achieving full reading potential sooner.

There is a public meeting of the Senate Education and Youth Committee in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building today where this bill is on the agenda. There is still time to reach out to your senators (look up HERE) and even representatives, and it heads to the House next.  You can watch the proceedings HERE at 2PM.

Senator P.K. Martin, IV is chair of this committee and the other committee members can be found HERE.

♦ It appears that SB139 from last Spring Session did NOT pass but rather got caught up in politics during the last few days of the legislative session.

Section 2 (lines 60-81) of this bill would have amended the SB10 rules so that students returning to public school, non SB10 private schools, or homeschool, would NOT have to return to public school for an entire year in order to get SB10 should they return to Brookwood, or another SB10 accepting private school.

HOWEVER, this is still on the list to include in legislation. We will be following closely and keep you updated. When we have the new bill number we will let you know so you can reach out to your legislators. If you wish to follow this more closely yourself, we suggest joining the Facebook Group Supporting Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship.

♦ As Brookwood Christian is the only school that serves dyslexia in district 35, we were fortunate to be able to have a lengthy conversation with Representative Ed Setzler in his office about the above bills as well as other matters concerning our students. Representative Setzler is very supportive of our school and what we do, and supports both of the above bills when they get to the House.

♦ We were also able to, along with the leaders at other dyslexia schools, reach out and talk to other advocates for dyslexia including groups such as Decoding Dyslexia-Georgia and International Dyslexia Association-Georgia Chapter.

♦ We plan to begin working more closely with both of those organizations, as well as others that will benefit our families, to offer informative workshops and seminars for our parents at Brookwood, now that we have adequate space to do so!

♦ We are in the process of beginning a closed Facebook group exclusively for our school’s families so that you all may ask questions and share information, and we can easily share things too. We will let you know when that is up and running.

We are fortunate to have such supportive families and a wonderful staff that we can take the time to do this. We plan to continue such advocacy for our families and we thank all of you, our local community, and our elected officials that support us.


Ride 2 Read “Breakfast Only” Tickets

Want to support our Ride 2 Read for Dyslexia but don’t ride?

You can come hang out with the bikers, enjoy live music by David Arnold,  and have Breakfast catered by Henry’s Louisiana Grill, all for $10 per person (through 3/5, then $15 per person), and then see the riders off!

Click HERE for more information, or get your tickets now.

#UntilEveryoneCanRead  #SayDyslexia  #1in5

2019 Ride 2 Read Sponsorships & Tickets

Our 2nd Annual Ride 2 Read is an escorted ride scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019. Breakfast, catered by Henry’s Louisiana Grill, will begin at 9AM and the Ride will take off at 10AM.

Last year’s ride, our very first, generated almost $2,000 and helped our reading programs and enabled us to sponsor International Dyslexia Association events in Georgia.

This year, we have our brand new Upper School building on the very site of where the picnic tables were last year! The support of all the riders was a great help in expanding our programs.

There will be live music again this year by David Arnold as well as other activities by sponsors.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Click HERE for Sponsorship information.

We hope to see you on the 23rd!

#SayDyslexia #UntilEveryoneCanRead #1in5

Clockwise from top left: Campus on the day of the ride 3/24/18; Campus today 1/7/19; Out on the Ride; David Arnold LIVE; another Ride picture; Breakfast on the Foundation of our new Building!

#GivingTuesday 2018

Acworth, GA (November 15, 2018) – November 27, 2018 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses, and individuals—to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this year, November 27, 2018, to kick off the holiday giving season and to inspire people to give. Millions of people around the world have participated in the movement.

This year, Facebook and PayPal will be matching up to $7 million of funds raised on Facebook for US nonprofits (this is $5 million more than last year). Whether you have $10, $100, or $1000 to give, it all adds up for us! Especially when being matched! This is also a great way to maximize an end of year tax deduction. In our first #GivingTuesday, last year, we raised $1,870… Our goal this year is $2,500.

In the spirit of giving, we will rekindle our #GivingTowelTuesday campaign to donate towels to Lake City & Acworth Animal Hospitals (one of our biggest supporters) to use for their Road Trip Home Animal Rescue support. On the last Tuesday of the month we will collect gently used towels and blankets to donate to help them help the rescue.

“After an overwhelming show of support from our community during our 2016/2017 fundraisers, we felt compelled to do something to thank our supporters.” Said Kim Wigington, Principal, “One of our biggest sponsors & supporters, a local veterinary service, is constantly needing towels for one of the charities they support, Road Trip Home Animal Rescue. We knew our families would support this and they did not disappoint. We collected over 175 towels and blankets, which is tremendous given the size of our school.”

Those who are interested in joining Brookwood Christian’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit https://www.facebook.com/donate/567705290358845/.

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About Brookwood Christian

Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs: individual or multiple learning disorders such dyslexia, reading & language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, and other specific learning disabilities. Most of our operating budget comes from tuition payments augmented by the Georgia SB-10 scholarship program. Eighty-six percent of our students receive some sort of financial assistance. Recognition such as this helps with our fundraising which helps keep our operating costs and tuition low.

About #GivingTuesday

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. “It’s been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday,” said Henry Timms, 92Y’s Executive Director and founder of #GivingTuesday. “This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs.”

It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTuesday

or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

Henry’s Helps Dyslexia

Today is our wrap up for #10on1010 birthday celebration AND #DyslexiaAwareness Month. Join us for a fundraiser dinner at Henry’s Louisiana Grill & Henry’s Uptown!

Just leave your itemized receipt in the #HenrysHelps jar before you leave and Henry’s will donate 15% of food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to Brookwood Christian from the collected itemized receipts!

#SayDyslexia #SupportDyslexia #EatAtHenrysOn1030

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Hurricane Florence Relief

Please help if you can!!

Hurricane Florence has adversely affected so many, and we found out that a dear friend of one of our families is the principal at Laurel Hill Elementary School in Laurinburg, Scotland County, NC.  After reaching out to the administration at Laurel Hill, it seems that they have more families displaced than they originally thought.🙁

In the same spirit of adopting Friendswood Junior High after hurricane Harvey, we are going to adopt Laurel Hill and help as we can.  We will be sending these store specific (Walmart, Food Lion, Save-a-Lot, and Lowes), or generic (AMEX, VISA, MasterCard), gift cards to assist these families.

If you would like to help us, please send as many gift cards as you’d like in denominations of $20 to $25, or less, so that they are easier for school to share.  Please do not think that any amount is too small, they all add up and they are in such dire need! Last year we raised over $1,5oo in gift cards. They definitely add up quickly.

When you send them in, please make sure your name is attached (and address if not a BCS student/family)  and you will receive a tax deduction letter from us for this cause.

We will take these donations until they stop coming in. We will send first round in about 2 weeks, and then keep sending periodically as we get them. This time frame may change depending on the situation there, as there are reports of more evacuation because of flooding. We will make sure they are sent when we know someone is there to receive them.

Please drop off to Ms. Danielle, Ms. Julie, or Ms. Becky, OR… if you are mailing them:

Brookwood Christian
ATTN:  Florence Relief
4728 Wood Street
Acworth GA 30101

Thank you!

 

Brookwood Christian celebrates 10th Birthday and Dyslexia Awareness Month

Celebrate with us October 10th, 2018 from 10:30am until 2pm

Acworth, GA (September 19, 2018) — Brookwood Christian School plans its 10th Birthday Extravaganza, Ten on 10/10 (#10on1010), three weeks from today. For 10 years, at this location, the school has served over 200 students with dyslexia or some other type of language processing disorder. On October 10, 2008, the school had the ribbon cutting for the opening of the original building, so it’s appropriate that the ribbon cutting for the new high school building will be on the day of the 10th Birthday celebration.

“It’s such an honor that we can celebrate the school’s 10th birthday during Dyslexia Awareness Month” said Danielle Anderson, Director of Student Affairs, “Not only are we celebrating 10 years of service to help students read, we are celebrating the successes and achievements of these students as well.”

The celebration, which is open to the Acworth Community, features the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by Mayor Tommy Allegood and City of Acworth officials, a mini outside food court where guests can purchase Chick-fil-A, Pop Bubble Tea (both donating proceeds to the school’s Dyslexia Reading Programs) as well as Flavors of Hawaii Food Truck.  There will also be $1 per minute chair massages by Lori Tanner from Synergy Medical, with all proceeds benefiting the school’s Dyslexia Reading Programs. And of course, it’s not a birthday party without birthday cake, which will be provided by the school.

To thank those donating $30 or more, the school will be giving away 12”x18” collage prints of student art centered around the school and school day activities. Historic Acworth Door Prints will also be for sale.

There will be limited parking at the school with additional parking available at Acworth Baptist Church, a 2 minute walk (less than ½ mile).

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About Brookwood Christian 
Brookwood Christian School is a private, non-profit, non-denominational Christian school that serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs: individual or multiple learning disorders such dyslexia, reading & language processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, attention deficit disorder, neurological disorders, and other specific learning disabilities.

Media Contacts:

Tammy Urban
Director of Development
Brookwood Christian School
first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
678-401-5855

Danielle Anderson
Director of Student Affairs
Brookwood Christian School
678-401-5855
office@brookwoodchristian.com

 


 

Ms Kim speaks at Depot Ribbon Cutting

Principal Kim Wigington speaking as the Chair of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), a volunteer board of business owners, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Depot Park.

“The only way we could make this happen is cooperation and trust from the the business owners, residents, and city officials” she said.

She also told the story of being out on the lake on a kayak and being stopped to sign one more piece of paper.

Congratulations Ms. Kim and the City of Acworth.

 

Acworth Preservation Bike Ride

Please note that we have changed the date of the bicycle ride. There is a very high change of rain this weekend and we wanted our first tour to be an enjoyable one!

Buy your tickets NOW!  $20 if purchased by May 21; $30 after.

ALL proceeds benefit Acworth Historic Preservation.

Route and other details HERE


How many?


 

I can’t make it but would like to donate to the preservation of the smokehouse!