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 gradae 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

November 29, 2017

Our story began when one of my twins was struggling to keep up with sight words in the first grade. She began to notice that other kids could remember a lot better than her, and she couldn’t keep up. She had been tested for ADHD through the school but fell into the classic school “umbrella” of what might be the problem.

It wasn’t until second grade when a very kind special ed teacher pulled me aside to let me know that Katie was a classic #dyslexic student and she needed more extensive services. I was then directed to Brookwood Christian. After her first week at her new school she declared “I’m never leaving”. For the first time she was acknowledged, understood and accepted for who she was and her abilities. Within the first month her stress rashes disappeared and she began to come into her own person.

It was shortly after Katie joined Brookwood that her twin Jessica was showing signs of struggling in several different areas at school. After having her tested, she fell under the “umbrella” but wasn’t getting what she needed. It was only after further testing that not only with her ADHD diagnosis, she also has an #AuditoryProcessingDisorder. Knowing what I did about Brookwood, it was the best choice for her as well.

Today they are thriving Freshmen who love not only school, but the family they have gained through our school. Brookwood Christian was the exact answer to lots of tears and prayers. Previous hours of homework struggles and the outbursts that accompany stressed out kids became the past.

I love Brookwood for not only the learning environment, but the extent that each staff member cares for the children’s personal well being. We feel like we have not only made friends for life, but family for life. It’s like coming home.

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReadingand #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Jan Murphy, Parent

November 28, 2017

When Kim first started BCS, I was more than a little nervous.  When she said she wanted to buy property and build, I was scared.  I was supportive, because I believed in her and knew it was what my daughter needed, but it wasn’t until I began working at the school in 2009 that I really understood.  It wasn’t about money or buildings or prestige.  It was about meeting kids where they are and really educating them.  

I have Dyslexia, and I struggled at first in school.  I had the support of a wonderful teacher and tutors to get me over the hump. What we have created here is a family that supports, encourages, and uplifts each other.  

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReadingand #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Kevin Wigington, Teacher

November 28, 2017

I have always been an educator since graduating from college in 1989. I had three degrees in education by the time my daughter was diagnosed with #dyslexia, and I had no idea what to do for her. I started to network, read, ask questions, study… anything I could do that would help my daughter learn to read. She was a good sport as I drove her from appointment to appointment day by day.

Private school, a resource teacher, tutoring, vision therapy, and occupational therapy was going to cost $40,000 per year. I couldn’t afford that, and she couldn’t learn without it! I realized I didn’t have the training to help her, but I could get it. We started to homeschool in November of her 2nd grade year. Within a week I was homeschooling 5 students around my kitchen table (which is now my desk at school).

In 2004 I had 18 students, so I took out a loan for $50,000, hired help, and rented a room from a church. In 2007 we outgrew that property. Brookwood Christian School became incorporated, and we bought our own property. Today BCS has outgrown our space again!

There is such a need in the community for kids who learn differently. In order to help more students, we are adding another building to the property to house our upper school. God is good.

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReadingand #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Kim Wigington, Headmaster

November 28, 2017

I was diagnosed with #dyslexia when I was 7. I remember always going to some kind of therapy or tutoring session. I felt like I was different or something was wrong with me.

With the Wilson Reading System, vision therapy, occupational therapy, and lots of other help, I was able to read on grade level. The first books I read on my own, just to enjoy them, were the Twilight series books. I was so proud of myself.

Today I am a lead teacher in a preschool Montessori classroom. In May 2018 I will graduate from Kennesaw State University. I hope to open my own Montessori school one day.

The AmazonSmile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and #FastForWord programs at Brookwood
Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by
shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~ Kristen Wigington, BCS Graduate

 

November 27, 2017

Brookwood Christian School changed my life. Being very #dyslexic, I have always struggled with reading. At Brookwood, I was taught the rules for the English language, rules that come naturally for most English speakers. I learned there are 9 different ways to make an ‘a’ sound and how to apply the rules so I can make the correct ‘a’ sound when reading.

Thank goodness I am very capable at Math. Learning to apply the Wilson Reading System increased my Math skills by giving me the ability to read word problems correctly, and then solve them. I credit Brookwood with my success at Chattahoochee Technical College where I am successfully studying Computer Engineering.

Thank you Brookwood Christian School for providing me with the tools to shape my future.

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Charlotte Smith, BCS Graduate

November 25, 2017

Watch Mr. Kevin tell how Brookwood Christian helps students with #dyslexia. He teaches students with various reading levels and sees how our reading programs impact our students.

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and#FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this#SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Kevin Wigington, Teacher

November 24, 2017

The first book I ever had to read for a grade was “The Westing Game”. I read it in elementary school, and I still have no idea what it’s about, because I never actually read it. I couldn’t. I didn’t know how. It felt impossible to sound out any of the scrambled words on the page.

My teachers told me I was lazy, and that I could read it. They thought I was trying to get out of working, which wasn’t true. I worked harder trying to read that book than I ever had before. They made me feel ashamed of myself; even trying my hardest, I couldn’t read it. Everyone in my class thought I was stupid, and it was okay because the teachers did, too.

Then, I was diagnosed with #dyslexia, which led me to Brookwood Christian School. From the beginning, everyone was kind and understanding. Many students at Brookwood also have disabilities, so for the first time, I wasn’t alone.

The teachers are specially trained and willing to help struggling students and never belittle them for their differences. Some teachers even have their own disabilities that they have overcome. The amount that I improved during my first year at Brookwood was life changing. Before I began going there, I could barely read; now reading and writing are my favorite activities.

Brookwood encouraged me when I needed it most, and it still encourages me to this day to succeed even when all odds are against me.

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~M, Student

November 23, 2017

Meg is a very bright, hard working, and intelligent girl. However, learning has been extremely challenging given she has #dyslexia#ADHD#AuditoryProcessingDisorder, and expressive receptive #LanguageDisorder. In the public school system, Meg quickly fell behind and often felt inferior to other students. Realizing that her educational needs were not being met, we began looking into private schools. Even at the private schools we tried, we found that the instruction was not appropriately tailored to our daughter’s educational needs.

Since attending Brookwood Christian, Meg has flourished at school. Brookwood teachers are willing to invest in her as a person. They never give up until they have found a teaching method that allows her to understand and remember what is being taught. The Wilson and Fast ForWord reading programs have helped Meg immensely. For the first time, Meg looks forward to going to school. The teachers don’t rush her or become impatient with her which means a lot to Meg. In Meg’s own words, “this is the first school where I can actually learn.” Meg is so well instructed that she can do her homework independently for the first time.

The AmazonSmile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and #FastForWord programs at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Deb Henrie, parent

November 21, 2017

Brookwood Christian School has been the answer to my prayers!

My son was diagnosed with #AuditoryProcessingDisorder 3 years ago. He was in public school at the time and struggling to learn how to read. I was told that he had a short term memory problem and that he would probably not be able to read. He was being pulled out of class most of the day and hated it. He referred to them as stupid people classes and thought he was being pulled out because he was stupid.

For me, that was the last straw. I knew my son was not stupid and could learn to read with right support. Luckily I found Brookwood Christian School! My son started Brookwood 5 weeks ago and was immediately placed in Fast ForWord and Wilson Reading. Blake was reading 3 weeks into the programs.

Blake went from not being able to read to reading 3 letter words in 3 weeks. I love listening to him read and see the pride on his face when he finishes a story!! I cannot thank Brookwood Christian School enough for what they have done for my son!! They have answered my prayers and given my son confidence in himself!!

The Amazon Smile donations augment the costs of the #WilsonReading and #FastForWord programs (#dyslexia) at Brookwood Christian School. So during this #SeasonOfSmiles, you can help support Brookwood Christian by shopping at: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-8499098

~Julie Trundle Burnette, parent