An Open letter to Senator Jack Latvala
From Marion P. Hammer
January 3, 2018
Delivered via Email
Dear Senator Latvala,
In view of the massive amount of campaign funds in your possession, which can be disbursed for qualified charitable purposes at your discretion, I ask for your consideration on behalf of children with learning disabilities.
Financial contributions to improve educational opportunities for children with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia, is critically important to families of these children.
The community of families of children with learning disabilities has a triple load. Raising a child in today’s society is difficult. Raising a child with learning disabilities is even more difficult because of their special needs and the special individualized attention required. Even more challenging is the difficulty in funding the educational needs of these children.
The financial burden of trying to meet the needs of these children can be suffocating. Scholarships are the lifeline for parents in this community of special children.
Through my volunteer work with Dyslexia Research Institute, Inc. and its laboratory school, Woodland Hall Academy, I have found that one of the greatest disabilities children with dyslexia suffer is being stuck in a public school system that cannot serve the needs of these children.
Children with dyslexia need and deserve a chance to achieve success. That’s why I am asking you to donate $1,000,000 to Dyslexia Research Institute’s scholarship fund dedicated to helping pay tuition for children with dyslexia and associated learning disabilities.
I am not asking for money for bicycles, Nintendo Switch or PS4 game consoles. Nor am I asking for iPhones, dolls, clothes or gift cards.
I’m asking for money to buy the gift of reading, the gift of writing, and the gift of math – those lasting and enduring gifts that can only be given through the generosity of those who care.
You can make a profound difference in the lives of many children by making a substantial contribution to Dyslexia Research Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.