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

 


 

Brookwood Christian named “2018 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT” by GreatNonprofits

Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews

Acworth, GA. (September 4, 2018) –Brookwood Christian announced today it has been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

Brookwood Christian provides services for dyslexia and other language processing disorders for students in the Northwest Metro Atlanta area, resulting in students attaining full literacy by graduation.

“We are honored to be named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Kim Wigington, Principal. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including completing construction on our new high school building and receiving a Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is the based on the rating and number of reviews that Brookwood Christian received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. “As the parents of a child with auditory processing disorder and several other special needs we were determined to give our son every opportunity we could for him to succeed” said Shan Burnette. “We are confident that Brookwood was the key that opened the door for our son to have everything he needs for success.”

“Brookwood Christian is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Brookwood Christian School.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2018 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at:
https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse/Campaign:Year2018/Issue:All/Page:1

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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 GreatNonprofits
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find stories and ratings of nonprofits. Stories on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.

Media Contacts:

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

Perla Ni
Great Nonprofits
650-249-3792
firstlast@greatnonprofits.org

BCS receives Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant

Acworth, GA. (August 28, 2018)  – Brookwood Christian School (BCS) is pleased to announce it has received a grant of $3,000 from Dollar General Literacy Foundation (DGLF). This is the second grant DGLF has awarded us .  These funds will support BCS’s “Get Them Reading” program which uses Wilson Reading® and Fast ForWord® programs.

Wilson Reading System® (WRS®), based on Orton-Gillingham methods, is for grades 2-12 students, and adults. who have word-level deficits and have not internalized the sound/symbol system for reading and spelling.  They may have decoding and spelling deficits, a language-based learning disability, been unsuccessful with other reading programs

Fast ForWord® (FF®) focuses on improving phonological awareness for students receiving special education services, including: Dyslexia, Specific learning disability, ADD/ADHD, auditory processing disorder, specific language impairment, etc. It is used to strengthen the skills of memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing for children with a broad range of reading problems and other cognitive disorders

“We deeply appreciate this grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which does so much to help schools like ours help their students attain full literacy,” said Tammy Urban, the Director of Development for BCS. “To be recognized by them for our work is such an honor.”

About Dollar General Literacy Foundation

J.L. Turner was functionally illiterate with only a third-grade education. His father died in an accident, and J.L. quit school so he could work on the family farm and help provide for his family. With hard work and determination, J.L. Turner went on to co-found Dollar General.

In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor. We understand that life can present many obstacles, but we also know it’s never too late to learn! Like J.L., so many others desire to better their lives and the lives of their families and it’s in this spirit that the foundation has flourished.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to be an ardent supporter of schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “Dollar General’s mission is Serving Others, and this commitment comes to life through Dollar General Literacy Foundation grants that will impact thousands of students across the country. Since its inception 25 years ago, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has partnered with thousands of organizations focused on advancing the goals of literacy and education.”

To date, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to increase literacy skills for individuals of all ages.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  Customers may receive a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services by clicking here or by picking up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card available at the cash register of every Dollar General store, which can be mailed in for information.

Full list of DGLF 2018 Youth Literacy Grant Recipients

About Brookwood Christian School

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. Grants like this help keep our operating costs and tuition low.

Media Contact:
Tammy Urban, Director of Development
Email: first.last@brookwoodchristian.com
Phone number: (678) 401-5855

Principal Kim Wigington receives prestigious award

Kim receiving the Leadership in Literacy award from Karen Huppertz, President of International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch.

Atlanta, Georgia (March 27, 2018) – Principal Kim Wigington was awarded the 2018 Leadership in Literacy Award by the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch (IDA-GA) on Saturday, March 24 at IDA-GA’s Dimensions of Dyslexia Conference to be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta.

This award recognizes a school administrator who has shown leadership in developing literacy in his/her school or school system within the state of Georgia. Kim has demonstrated:

♦outstanding leadership through the development of effective reading programs,

♦the support of excellent teacher training and professional development

♦significant gains in student reading achievement, and

♦the engagement of parents in school/home cooperative ventures to support literacy.

We, at Brookwood Christian, are extremely proud of  her dedicated service to education and outstanding efforts to promote and encourage student reading achievement.

Kim is a Georgia native, growing up in Calhoun, Georgia. She taught high school English, speech, drama, and psychology for 6 years at Cartersville High School, then worked as a school counselor for 4 years at Allatoona Elementary School, where she won a regional school counselor of the year award.  Having a daughter struggle with dyslexia and realizing the lack of adequate resources and services offered in public education, Kim started what would grow into Brookwood Christian School in 2004 by creating the perfect learning environment for her daughters and other children struggling with learning differences. Many have witnessed her tireless efforts to expand the schools reading programs as well as community awareness of dyslexia and other language processing disorders.

Brookwood Christian School serves students who have not been successful in public or private schools due to their unique learning needs.  Many of these students have been diagnosed with a language based learning disability such as dyslexia and were either on an IEP in public school or eligible for one had they attended public school.  

We use Wilson Reading® and Fast ForWord® reading programs, depending on the students’ needs, and class sizes are kept small so students get the individual attention and appropriate instruction they need for success.  Teachers are certified and experienced in the content areas they teach. Those teaching the reading programs have had extensive training in those programs.

For the  2016-2017 school year, the average gain on the Woodcock Johnson IIIC broad reading battery was 1.2 grade levels with 45.7% of students gaining greater than 1 year and 91.4% of students gained 1 year or more on at least one of the subtests.  The biggest gains were seen on Passage Comprehension with an average gain of 1.8 grade levels and 60% of students gaining more than 1 year and over a third seeing a gain of 3 or more years. Our next goal is to expand our programs to be able to serve more students in need.

Because of her accomplishments, Kim was honored with the Acworth Business Person of the Year in December 2014 and then named Acworth’s Citizen of the Year by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.  Kim is the current Chair of the Acworth Downtown Development Authority, Co-Chair of Taste of Acworth Committee, as well as Chair of the Acworth Business Association Women’s Network for 2018.

Kim with her daughters, Ineja (left) and Kristen (center), both graduates of Brookwood Christian.