2022 Spring Newsletter

Dear Friends of Dyslexia Tutoring Program,

March came in like a lion … but forgot to leave like a lamb! Despite the late-season winter chill, daffodils and cherry blossoms tell us change is on the way. We hope all of you are doing well and looking forward to Spring.

Here are some updates on DTP’s programs:

We are excited to announce that we resumed in-person tutoring! Our 3 tutoring rooms at the Rotunda are ready with plexiglass sneeze guards, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. We also sent a copy of our safety protocols
to each student/parent/guardian and tutor to support safe and responsible in-person sessions. Welcome back!

We are about to conclude our first tutor training session of 2022 and our second course will begin in May. We held 4 tutor training courses in 2021, for a total of 43 new tutors! And we are always looking for new tutors – their numbers directly impact the number of students we can take on – so feel free to spread the word.

Speaking of tutors, we started a monthly program in January, FirsTuesdays, to provide a space for our volunteers to ask questions, meet other tutors, share success and suggestions, and build a community around a common purpose.

And on April 12, 2022, we will host our first parent workshop since the pandemic started, led by Ann Bain, EdD. She will focus on tips for
navigating parent/teacher conferences, preparing your child for tutoring, and exercises you can do at home with your child to reinforce their reading skills.

We also hope to launch two new projects: an Alumni project and a Mental Wellness project. For the Alumni project, we will be reaching out to former students to find out where they are and what they have been doing since DTP.

For our mental wellness project, we are excited to partner with Jewish Community Services to offer emotional and behavioral wellbeing programs to help our students (and their families) deal with 2 plus years of the pandemic’s impact on learning and life.

Annual Golf & Gala Fundraisers –

Invitations are going out now for DTP’s Annual Golf event, which will take place this year at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. We are excited to announce that one of our auction items is 4 tickets to the Paul McCartney concert on June 12th at Camden Yards! We are counting on a great turnout, for all the kids who count on DTP. If you or anyone you know would like to play in our Golf Event, the invitation is on our website or just call the office (410) 889-5487.

Our Annual “Wishes, Dreams & Imagination” Gala is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2022. We have decided to host a dinner again at
the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club– in lieu of our former, much larger, event at the Marriott. This smaller, more intimate format last year was a great success – we raised over $35,000 for summer camp for 2022 – and gotrave reviews. It allowed all who attended – donors, staff, tutors, and students – a chance to meet each other and have a rich and memorable evening. More info coming soon!

Our Morgan State University Partnership –
After 2 1⁄2 years, our successful Morgan State University professional development partnership ended this past December. We are delighted to have trained over 70 of tomorrow’s teachers in the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and address dyslexic learning styles in their future classrooms. All students in the MSU program were rematched with DTP tutors so they could continue their progress uninterrupted. We look forward to replicating the program with another local college/university in the coming year.

Summer Camp 2022 Here We Come –
We are delighted to be sending at least 26 students to Summer Camp again this summer. As you know – DTP’s Summer Camp Program is one of the most exciting things we do, and the kids love it. We have heard from older students how their summers at camp marked a turning point for them. We will be sending 14 to The Jemicy School, 8 to The Odyssey School, and 4 to The Gow School.

Student & Tutor News –

We heard from one of our tutors that her former student, Terrell, who –
with DTP’s help –successfully eliminated IEP classes back in high school, has graduated from
college and started a master’s program in Communications at Towson University. Go Terrell!

Our student Darius appeared on a Fox 45 news segment that focused on the
impact remote learning and social distancing during the pandemic have had on Baltimore City students. We are pleased by this focus on pandemic-related issues facing Baltimore City students. And Darius handled the camera so well!

Other progress includes: Chelsey reading A Raisin in the Sun and analyzing character traits; Khayla penning a poem about snow (speaking of winter!); and Madisyn learning Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 2! Reading is just the beginning for these students! We would like to recognize all our students for their hard work and persistence in learning to read. You are the reason we do this. We also want
to thank our volunteer tutors – you are the backbone of our program, and
your gift of time and energy is priceless.And of course, a huge thank you to our donors, without whom none of this
would be possible. You truly deliver hope with every donation, no matter
how large or small.

Unfortunately, DTP lost a wonderful friend recently, Carolyn Donohue. For many years, Carolyn was involved with DTP, first as a volunteer, then as a Board member, and eventually becoming President of DTP. Carolyn was always there with a smile, ready to step up and help whenever needed. I know she will be missed by many. She was the first person I met while I was deciding to come to MADAY over 20 years ago and she became a dear friend and mentor to me. I will miss her a lot.

Best wishes FOR A HAPPY SPRING,
Marcy
CEO

Dyslexia Tutoring Program |410-889-5487
mkolodny@dyslexiatutoringprogram.org |
www.dyslexiatutoringprogram.org