BENEFITING: FUNDAMENTAL LEARNING CENTER INC
Do you ever feel impatient? My 3-year-old daughter can be the very definition of impatience. When something is on her mind, almost nothing will deter her pursuit of it. And I don’t think it’s a bad quality. Some things are just so important they can’t wait.
We’re feeling that sense of impatience at FLC. Many great things have happened this year, and yet we can’t ignore some very stark realities:
• Many children are still not learning to read and write by 4th grade.
• Dyslexia is still un-assessed and, worse, un-accommodated in Kansas.
• Kids are still left to grow up in an emotional storm of confusion and shame.
AND IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. We know there are solutions. We know we can help.
Let’s Face It. Face the fact that these problems are not going away. Face the fact that society is not keeping its contract to deal with low-literacy. And face the fact that there are real faces for the many people affected by this – real people with real needs, emotions, talents, and opportunities, who just need the right kind of instruction to make the difference for them.
Because of your generous support, good things have happened this year. FLC has…
• Trained over 500 preschool and classroom teachers.
• Tutored over 142 children in our center.
• Premiered a new documentary film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, in connection with the Tallgrass Film Festival. Airs on HBO Oct. 29.
But there is much more to be done. Together, let’s Face It – it’s up to us to make it happen.
We can’t be patient with the literacy status quo. And we need your help to do it.
The theme song for this year’s conference was written by Alanis Morissette, called Guardian. The subject-matter is tough. It talks about children who have had to smile through pain, face inhumane pressure, and suffer the disappointment of broken promises. But it asks the critical question: Where was their watchman? Who will be their warrior, their angel, their guardian? And to that I say, it needs to be us.
So I urge you to be a little impatient and join us in this campaign to Face It. Your tax-deductible contribution will make a difference. It will help us reach more people. It will improve our community. It will change a child’s life.
Chairman, FLC Board