The Kildonan School had a strong presence at the 2016 Annual International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Conference in Orlando, Florida last week. Held at the Marriott Orlando World Center from October 26-29, Headmaster Kevin Pendergast, Director of Advancement Mimi Babcock, and educator Sherry Dwyer, were joined by Kildonan students Ian, Juan and James, at this important annual event. The Kildonan School had an exhibition booth providing information about our school and students, and our students visited other exhibits and met individuals from Decoding Dyslexia chapters, colleges, summer camps with no year-round school, and LD teaching materials merchants. Our students were selected to demonstrate the new "C-Pen" at the American launch at the IDA. The C-Pen is a scanning reader that speaks aloud any text that you run it over, and also has the capability to translate from Spanish to English as well as give the definition of words. Jack Churchill, the C-Pen US/UK Sales Director, conveyed his impression of our students to Mr. Pendergast, saying, "The three students were some of the most confident, polite and well-spoken students I've met in a long time. Obviously, you and Kildonan are running an excellent school which is allowing the students to thrive." Mr. Churchill (fun fact—he's the great grandson of Winston Churchill) donated a C-Pen to the school (a $250 value) in gratitude for our students' participation in their launch.
The students also had the opportunity to visit the Blackwater Creek Koi Farm while in Florida, which ties into their Edge projects back at school. The students are in the early stages of designing a Koi Pond on campus. Their visit allowed them to learn more about the design, construction, and maintenance of a Koi Pond, and they returned to campus bursting with new ideas. Our students were hosted while down in Florida by the Potamos Family, parents of Ian.
Kildonan students, Ian (left) and James (right), with Headmaster Kevin Pendergast on the floor of the 2016 Annual IDA Conference in Orlando, FL.
Kildonan student, Juan, being interviewed about the C-Pen at the American launch during IDA Conference.
Director of Advancement Mimi Babcock, Juan, President of the Board and IDA member Wilson Anderson, James and Ian, enjoying a busy and informative day at the 2016 Annual IDA Conference.
Juan, James and Ian visiting Blackwater Creek Koi Farm.
James and Ian learning about Koi fish to enhance their Edge project of designing, building and maintaining a Koi Pond on our campus.
Many thanks to the Potamos family for hosting our students. Here is Juan, James, Jim Potamos and his son, Ian. So proud of our Student Ambassadors who represented our school brilliantly!