Dear Families and Former Students,
The Children's Dyslexia Center of Bangor has been a valuable resource for over 20 years. Today, we are asking for your help as we continue to provide our services to families across Central Maine.
A dyslexia diagnosis in the family can often feel like a cruel stroke of fate rather than a temporary setback. The story we are about to share with you shows how students overcome these challenges and become highly valued members of our community as they grow up!
"My oldest kids are now both academically successful. However, at one time my oldest children were struggling with literacy. I was a great reader as a child, as well as the town’s assistant librarian as an adult, but I didn’t know how to address this problem. I could read to my 2nd Grade son but when it came time for him to read to me, it wasn’t clicking. We were pretty sure my 1st Grade daughter was just memorizing the books she "read" and she would write long stories which couldn’t really be read. I was so relieved to find the 1955 book “Why Johnny Can’t Read” where I first learned about Orton-Gillingham programs. I used the information in the back of the book and the yellow pages to find that the only program in Maine was in Bangor. I could easily make that trip from where we lived! I saw it making all the difference in my children’s reading abilities. Being young entrepreneurial parents just opening our own business, it was a blessing to find out that this Orton Gillingham program was also fully funded. It felt like an answer to my prayers!” - Claudia, mom
"I remember being scared and frustrated that I didn’t know how to read and everyone else in my second-grade class already could. At the Children's Dyslexia Center I didn’t feel stupid, I felt empowered. I had a lot of fun and I was inspired to get to the next level. This program was so important. It helped me be able to read which helped me be where I am today. After graduating from the CDC of Bangor, I graduated high school and went on to be successful in college. I sometimes still struggle with keeping up in class and with homework. However, this program gave me the skills and solid foundation to help me conquer obstacles and gain confidence. Today I am a graduate of the University of Maine with a BA in University Studies. I am a trained concert classical guitarist and music producer working internationally." - Nik, Claudia’s son
"I founded Paramount Planet Product, a company developing Ocean Compostable Fish Friendly packaging. We are igniting a renaissance in Maine’s heritage paper industry while protecting our shared forests and oceans. We won a National Science Foundation award, recognizing me as a national scientist. However, I was once a little kid struggling to hear the difference between individual letters and writing unintelligible stories. I started going to the Bangor Children’s Dyslexia Center with my brother. I remember the teddy bear mascots and sounding out vowels with my tutor, who I am still friends with today! I went on to earn two undergraduate degrees from the University of Maine, a B.S. in Marine Science and a B.A. in International Affairs, both so helpful in my current endeavor of inventing solutions for the global plastic pollution crisis. In addition to being able to read, the Bangor CDC taught me that I can overcome any limitations through training and persistence. I am so thankful to the generous doners who helped support this dyslexic child into an award-winning Maine scientist! And I thank them for helping me and my family be empowered to give back to Maine!" - Ariadne, Claudia’s daughter
If you or your child has benefitted from the center as Claudia and her children have, please consider donating today. Join us as we help the next generation of children succeed - as Nik, Ariadne, or perhaps you, have succeeded.
Would you like to tell your story in our next appeals letter or be featured in our corporation's national campaign? If so, send us a letter and tell us all about your successes! We'd love to hear from you!