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Education · 00:57

The Reading Clinic

  • By Jerrard Polk · Bermuda, Americas


Jerrard Polk

Main aim of the charity

The Reading Clinic is a not-for-profit, registered charity, founded to help students who have a specific language-based learning difference (dyslexia). They also provide assessment, family consultations, teacher training and public awareness/education on dyslexia and learning differences in general. They provide specialised tutoring for children with math learning differences, and an early intervention/pre-literacy programme in four Government preschools. All children who need help should be able to have access to their services, regardless of their financial situation. To this end, the Clinic raises money to provide bursaries for testing and tutoring for those in financial need.

How the employee got involved and why

I approached the Reading Clinic because I saw an opportunity to increase literacy in Bermuda on a larger scale. The Clinic has been around for 50 years doing good work to help young people with learning and reading disabilities, so they were a great fit to help reach my goal.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I am the chairperson and organizer of the Bermuda Book Festival which will raise money for the Reading Clinic. It is a “literary pep rally” for the island to get its youth excited about reading.

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