Reef is 13 years old and lives on Galveston Island. His name fits him well because he has always loved the water. He learned how to swim in the ocean when he was 3 years old. He took up surfing a year later and still competes in surfing competitions. He has taught other kids how to surf, pushing them into their first waves on his surfboard. He also loves photography and when he is not surfing you can find him out in the water with fins on taking pictures. He also volunteers year round to clean up one of our local beaches. While Reef says that his dyslexia makes reading a challenge, he never gives up. He just uses his other strengths to figure out a way to tackle the challenges. Reef is very creative both in art and in building things. After high school Reef wants to major in photo journalism in college.
Kerry Yonushonis wrote -
Event Date: May 19 – 21, 2017
Location: Galveston, Texas
Between May 19 – 21, 2017, weather dependent, a team of student swimmers will attempt a historic open water swim by swimming the length of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The distance is approximately 30 miles, with each swimmer completing a portion of the swim in a rotating relay format.
All of the swimmers have dyslexia or have a family member / friend with dyslexia they are supporting. In addition, this event is being organized by Marathon Open Water Swimmer and Stellar Dyslexic, Kerry Yonushonis, along with her Business Partner and Stellar Mother of a Dyslexic, Courtney Turpin.
Each team member will raise funds for NoticeAbility, a non-profit dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build their self-esteem. They incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia, the best practices of special education, and the technology of Silicon Valley to construct learning curricula and teacher training programs for global distribution.
ABOUT NOTICEABILITY: NoticeAbility is a nonprofit organization that designs and delivers proprietary curricula to students with dyslexia. Grounded in social-emotional learning research, executive function methodology and project management techniques, NoticeAbility offers authentic inquiry experiences in vocational subjects that cater to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind: entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture and narrative storytelling (film, literature and stage).
Your donation helps NoticeAbility create curriculum for and by dyslexics.
*TO DONATE BY CHECK*
- Please make checks payable to 'New Profit Inc”
- In memo line mention PLEASE mention 'NoticeAbility Inc'
New Profit Inc.
Attn: P. Dao / NoticeAbility
200 Clarendon Street, Floor 44
Boston, MA, 02116
NoticeAbility will be following Kerry’s preparation and swim this summer on social media.
Kerry's Facebook: Kerry Swims for Dyslexia
NoticeAbility Facebook: NoticeAbility
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