Raise a Racket benefits REAP, August 22, 2015 – tickets available now

This year Raise A Racket will benefit Reading is Essential for All People (REAP).


More information & purchase tickets – RAISEARACKET.NET

Saturday, August 22nd

Do you have your team yet? Gather your friends and RAISE A RACKET while we raise money for REAP that goes directly back to local education and teachers in Roswell & North Fulton. We will have exclusive use of the ten beautiful courts at Brookfield with 6-person teams this year – Competitive & Social Divisions available. Get more information & purchase TENNIS TICKETS here.

And as fun as the tennis will be….you won’t want to miss the Totally 80s Party & Auction that night! Tickets available for the PARTY ONLY if you don’t play during the day. You can still “Raise A Racket” and support local education at the PARTY OF THE YEAR. Click here to purchase PARTY TICKETS only!


We are Looking for local business owners who have heart for education and would love to support an amazing cause while getting great advertisement for their company. We are looking for Raise A Racket Corporate Sponsorships & also need awesome donations for our Silent Auction. If you can help contact us at for more information.

Contact us at for more information about the event.

REAP Orton-Gillingham Summer Training Dates Released

Teacher Application Deadline is March 2, 2015.

Dates for Summer Courses:

June 1-5:  Classroom Educator, Location TBD

June 8-12: Classroom Educator, The Swift School

June 15-19:  Associate (only available if you have already taken the Classroom Educator 30-hour Course)

June 22-26:  Classroom Educator, Location TBD

All dates are contingent on funding and demand.  July dates may be added.

Classroom Educator and Associate Level Fall-Spring course dates and locations should be available in March.

Click here to complete an application

REAP presents The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to struggle with reading?

Kicking off the REAP for Roswell initiative, Reading is Essential for All People (REAP), is excited to announce the viewing of the HBO documentary by Director James Redford, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. The admission to this Sundance Film Festival movie will be free to the public.

REAP is hosting the event in a lively and engaging environment with the goal of raising awareness of the breadth and impact of reading challenges. They hope to inspire members of the community and school system to work together toward reading proficiency for all.  These efforts are currently working to serve Mountain Park Elementary and Mimosa Elementary teachers with future plans for opportunities at additional Fulton County schools.

Join us for the HBO Documentary that The San Francisco Chronicle reviewed as “fascinating, straightforward and revealing” and “exemplary” educational filmmaking.  The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia offers hope and insight for teachers, parents and students who are dealing with learning challenges.  Students struggle with reading, writing and spelling for many reasons, including dyslexia, which affects 20% of our population.  This film follows the individual journeys of ordinary students (as well as some famous and successful adults) as they confront dyslexia.  Watch the movie trailer at:

There will be a follow-up discussion panel with Q & A that will review proven and effective solutions for improving reading proficiency.

Free to the public and families are welcome.

Seating is limited, click here to reserve your seat today!

Donations are welcome

This event is hosted by Reading is Essential for All People (REAP).  REAP provides public school teachers with specialized training that reinforces the foundations of reading.  These training approaches are helpful for any child, in any classroom, small group, or one-on-one situation, and are especially critical for struggling readers.

A huge thank you to Blessed Trinity High School for providing the perfect location for this screening.

Decatur Dyslexia Network Meeting: Psychoeducational Evaluation Open to Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Decatur Dyslexia Network Meeting: Psychoeducational Evaluation
Open to Parents, Educators, and Community Members

Date: Sunday, 11/16/2014
Time: 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cognitive ability, phonological processing, oral reading fluency, reading comprehension, written expression, visual motor skills, attention/concentration, executive functioning. We’ve heard the terms, but what do they tell us?

When determining whether a child has learning challenges or attention issues, we all know there’s a lot of testing involved. Dr. Jennifer Keith (psychologist and Decatur resident) will help us understand the psychoeducational evaluation process, including testing and diagnosis, working with a school, and how to approach interventions with children.

Location: Decatur First United Methodist Church (Room 101, the Gathering Room) 300 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.

Getting Services for your Child in the Public Schools: A Workshop for Parents of Struggling Readers and Writers

Tuesday, April 29th, Decatur Public Library

Outreach event hosted by IDA-GA in coordination with Decoding Dyslexia GA

Special Education Attorney Allison B. Vrolijk will be presenting a highly interactive workshop to answer all of your questions about your rights as you advocate for your child in the public schools. Special emphasis will be placed on advocating for children with reading and writing challenges, including topics such as RTI, evaluations, goal drafting, and progress monitoring.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Click here to reserve your seat.


Crime Writer Amanda Kyle Williams shares her journey from struggling reader to full-time writer

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event is postponed. We will update the site and announce the new date as soon as we have it!  

Please click here to sign up for the new date and information on future community events!

Amanda Kyle Williams speaking at fundraiser for REAP!  Bid on a chance to have your name used as a character in book #4!

We love Amanda and her addictive suspense novels. Amanda is a talented author, animal activist, dyslexic, and supporter of REAP.  Amanda has graciously agreed to share her journey from being a struggling reader to a full-time writer.  A journey made difficult by educators who were not prepared to recognize her dyslexia or instruct her in a way that fit her learning style. Amanda quit school at 16 years old. Terms like “slow”, “stupid”, and “doesn’t apply herself” were the every day norm until she was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 22 and finally given the tools to do what she had never been able to do – read.    If one teacher, just one, had understood Amanda’s dyslexia her school experience would have been dramatically different.

Amanda’s books are thrilling and her personal story is fascinating.  Join us on March 10th with the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Public Library.  In addition to Amanda’s engaging presentation there will be sweet treats provided by Sweet N’ Sinful Bakery and a silent auction which includes a chance to have your name used as a character in Amanda’s next book!  Additional auction items include: $250 Gift Certificate to Take Me Out Tickets, $500 Gift Certificate from CertaPro Painters of Atlanta, a Session with Amy Gibbons Photography, A gift basket from Cakes and Ale, and MORE!

March 10th, Doors open at 6:30PM
Decatur Public Library
Mark your calendars and be a part of this unique event.  Tickets are free but seating is limited.  RSVP recommended.

Click here to RSVP for the event!


Win/Win: Raise money for REAP through the Tour deCatur

REAP is running the Decatur Education Foundation’s Tour deCatur!

REAP has joined the Decatur Education Foundation’s Win-Win program to raise money for REAP. 50% of every dollar raised by our team goes to REAP and 50% goes to DEF. Remember, DEF partners with REAP so it truly is a Win-Win.


Sign up and join our team!

Click here to sign up for the Tour deCatur:

Click here to see the directions for joining REAP’s Win-Win Team:  Tour deCatur/REAP Win-Win. Once you get to the Win/Win site and create your page, join team REAP.

Create your page and email the link with a message to all your friends and family!

Need an example?  Check out Jen’s page:

There are several ways to make sure your Win-Win page is successful.

1.  Make sure you personalize your story and photo. Children can include their photos and write their own story about how REAP is important to them. You can even give updates as you get closer to the race.

2.  Set a fundraising goal on your page. If you meet your goal, raise it!

3.  Send an email with the page link to everyone you know. No donation is too small or too large!

4.  Kick off the donations with an anonymous donation of your own. No one wants to be the first one!

5.  Customize the thank you letter. Make sure your supporters know how much their donation means to you.

If you just don’t know how to customize your letter, you can send the REAP Group page to your friends and family.  Send out an email with this link:

Save the Date: Speaker on Executive Function!

Save the Date: February 25, 2014 @ 7:00PM

Road to Excellence:  Understanding the Relationship Between Motivation, Learning, and Executive Functions

Presented by Sucheta Kamath, MA, MA, BC-NCD

Hosted by REAP, IDA-GA, and Agnes Scott College

February 25, 2014.  7-8:30PM.  Agnes Scott College, Evans Hall, Lower Level

This presentation is designed to help parents understand the cognitive processes behind Executive Functions (EF) and ways in which they impact a child’s effort, goal-setting, organization, study skills, and motivation. Executive Functioning (EF) means being goal-driven, self-motivated, self-sufficient, introspective, and engaged in learning. The developing brain needs guidance and support to promote mastery of Executive Functioning ability. Sucheta will discuss ways in which parents can direct their children to navigate the maze of becoming highly effective and independent learners. She will share tips to promote the development of good habits, right mindset, and problem solving skills.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  RSVP here:

Food for Thought- October 6th

Kids Enabled is hosting Food for Thought.  This free event includes:

  • Over 50 Exhibitors
  • Speakers on ADHD, Nutrition, Dyslexia, Social Skills, Executive Functioning, Music Therapy, IEP/504, and Financial Literacy
  • Family Activities and Entertainment
  • Food trucks!

October 6, 2013, 1-4PM

St. James UMC, 4400 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA  30342

Free to all families with learning differences!

Food For Thought Flyer

Join us for the Dyslexia Dash – October 19, 2013

Support the International Dyslexia Association, Georgia Branch by signing up for the Dyslexia Dash!

REAP will be there!  Do you want to run/walk with us?  Be sure to put REAP in the group name when you sign up through  Also, click here to send us an email and we will contact you with information on carpools and meeting times for the race.

The IDA, Georgia Branch is an amazing resource for parents, educators, and community members.  They have also shown great support to Reading is Essential for All People by donating funds to train two teachers through our program this year and continue to spread the word about our mission.

Saturday, October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 AM
Riverside Park
575 Riverside Road Roswell, GA


2013 Dyslexia Dash Flyer