On Tuesday, April 4th, The Kildonan School sent a hearty contingent of 20 students, half a dozen parents, and several Kildonan educators to the Second Dyslexia Awareness Day at the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY. Our students made us proud by providing testimonials that advocated for the identification of dyslexia and proposed changes to better educate dyslexic students like themselves.
Students spoke to NYS legislators from their hearts as they shared their personal stories of being dyslexic students, before and after coming to Kildonan. They showcased all they have accomplished as Kildonan students, benefitting from receiving a quality, individualized education that addresses their dyslexic challenges and strengths, while providing the realization that they are capable of reaching all their educational goals. They advocated for proper teacher training in dyslexia, identifying and recognizing dyslexia on school evaluations and IEPs, and bringing overall awareness to what it means to be dyslexic.
"They showed their passion, charm, advocacy skills, confidence and devotion to a cause greater than themselves," shared Headmaster Kevin Pendergast. "I couldn't be more inspired by how Kildonan students, parents, and colleagues have made this campaign their own."
Students meeting with NYS legislators.
Kildonan student James was a featured speaker.
Kildonan student Emma meeting with Senator David Carlucci.
Kildonan student with Director of Language Training Kathleen Stewart, and Associate Headmaster Jeremy Robbins.
Headmaster Kevin Pendergast speaks with a former Camp Dunnabeck parent.
Our amazing Kildonan students! We are proud of you!