Educators, lawmakers hope everyone will "Get on Board" for dyslexia awareness

Educators, lawmakers hope everyone will "Get on Board" for dyslexia awareness

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Belt educators, lawmakers and parents gathered at the Hattiesburg Train Depot Tuesday to bring attention to dyslexia and the ongoing efforts to help children with that reading disorder.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and students with Petal's 3-D (Dynamic Dyslexia Design) School sang several songs during a program with the theme, "Get on Board."

The purpose was to stress the importance of early intervention in helping children with dyslexia.

"If we don't push this and push the screening in the schools, these children will not be identified early and won't get the help that they need early on," said Cena Holifield, executive director of Petal's 3-D School.

Students from other schools attended, as did local lawmakers who helped pass important legislation to improve dyslexia education in Mississippi.

"We love the idea that the State of Mississippi can recognize the need to take care of kids who have dyslexia," said Ben Skipper, the parent of a fourth grade child who attends the 3-D School. "I know our son has been blessed by the services that (they're) able to provide through the 3-D School."

Other awareness events across the state are also planned for Oct. 15, which is Dyslexia Awareness Day.