Sunday, March 17, 2002

Some Good News

Masons attack dyslexia

        The Scottish Rite Masons' annual “Sponsor a Child” fund drive is in full swing, seeking sponsors for dyslexic children in the group's 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children.

        William B. Hillis, chairman of the Cincinnati Learning Center for Children Inc., said they are trying to get sponsors for every child enrolled in the program.

        “We want the public to know how much it costs to bring a dyslexic child up to classroom reading level,” Mr. Hillis said. “Once people understand that dyslexia is responsible for untold loss of human potential, we believe they will respond.”

        The learning center is at 317 E. Fifth St. downtown. It offers free training twice weekly for 45 minutes.

        There are 37 students in the learning center. Jeanne Anderson, center director, said they use a multisensory approach to teach dyslexic children to see, say, recall and write the letters of the alphabet.

        She said dyslexic children can see a word, but can't hold the word in ways that allow them to recall and use it without difficulty.

        “Dyslexia is a community-wide problem requiring community-wide participation,” she said. “It touches us all. We want businesses and individuals alike to know that their sponsorship will do no less than change the life of one young child.”

        Mr. Hillis said $10,000 will sponsor one child through the two-year tutoring cycle.

        A $5,000 gift sponsors a child for one year and a $2,500 gift can serve as a one-year co-sponsorship.

        The learning center in Cincinnati opened in 1996 through a grant from Carl and Edyth Lindner.

        There are 37 learning centers in 13 states which provide tutoring for 900 children.

        Mr. Hillis said since the center opened about 200 children have been tutored to a classroom reading level.

        To help, call 741-1444.

        The Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity Development Council has started its corporate campaign to raise $500,000 to support the agency's housing ministry.

        The campaign kicked off last week with a $15,000 cash pledge from the Perfection Cos. of Sharonville and a $19,000 in-kind services pledge from the H.C. Nutting Co. in Linwood.

        John Cerniglia, executive director of Habitat, said they have received other cash pledges to make a total of $50,000 so far, and about $75,000 in pledges for in-kind services.

        “We don't receive any government money, which makes this campaign important,” he said. “Our support comes from churches and businesses.”

        Habitat is a Christian housing ministry that works in partnership with families in need, and volunteers. It requires 500 hours of sweat equity labor from families who buy the houses. Houses are sold at no profit and covered by a 20-year, no-interest loan.

        Companies may help by calling 621-4144, Ext.225, or 763-3100.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at or by fax at 768-8340.


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