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What do Albert Einstein, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Henry Winkler, Jim Carrey, Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, and my Dad have in common?
Bushy eyebrows? Nope.
A fascination with concepts ahead of their time? Maybe.
But, actually: They all struggled with reading in their formative years and even throughout their entire lives, yet had successful and productive careers. Their educators did not have the tools available to cater to their learning styles, so they all had a tough go with the two dimensional symbols that denote language on paper.
These are all highly intelligent and creative minds that would have benefited from a method known as Orton-Gillingham. It was not available in their times, but it is now. So why aren’t our public school teachers using this method to help children today? Good question…
Thanks to Reading is Essential for All People (REAP – www.strugglingreaders.org), a few teachers are already using this method to help kids they had not been able to help in the past. REAP raises funds and facilitates the training of public school teachers in order to promote the acceptance of this method in our public schools. Did I mention that this method even helps the kids who are NOT struggling? Pretty cool.
What’s this got to do with a triathlon? My wife, Jen Rhett, and I founded REAP along with our good friend and decorated educator, Carla Stanford, in early 2013. REAP has developed quickly and demand from public school teachers has grown exponentially. So – bottom line – REAP needs money, and I’d like to give a triathlon a try. So why not combine the two?
The idea was spawned yesterday as I spoke with a customer of mine, Triathlete and Team-in-Training coach, Darren Fagan. As he described his 12 to 14 hour a week training routine he suggested that, should I want to complete an Olympic distance triathlon, maybe I should raise money for Team-in-Training’s cause of saving the lives of blood cancer patients. While I believe it’s a tremendous cause, I already have a passionate belief in the mission of REAP. So I was inspired to use my interest in the Olympian goal of a triathlon completion to promote REAP and raise money for the next round of teachers to be trained.
My initial goal is to raise $3,000 to support the training of one teacher. This in turn will impact the life of one child who will benefit from 100 hours of direct one-on-one training, and hundreds of other children who will receive the benefit of this teacher’s skills throughout his/her career. Please stay tuned as I start this journey, and donate to REAP generously and often! Click here to sponsor a mile!
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