Lessons That Conquer Dyslexia

By Sheri DeFreitas
Wednesday - September 29, 2010 Share

By Sheri DeFreitas, Administrative Assistant
Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii

Did you ever wonder where your money goes when you drop a dollar into a can to help fight hunger or pledge money over the phone to help find a cure for some disease? Well, I do not have the answer to those questions, but I can tell you exactly where every dollar goes when it is donated to the Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii (DTCH).

Margarette Pang, the founder and executive director of the DTCH, makes sure that every donation is used in the most efficient and effective manner to benefit all of the students in her program. She opened DTCH, a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, on July 26, 2004 in Ewa Beach. A Hawaiian woman who overcame her own dyslexia, Margarette founded DTCH so that other children would not have to go through the humiliation, frustration and shame that she endured as a result of her learning disability.

People with dyslexia learn differently, and in most cases they have difficulty in learning from traditional methods of teaching. The core of the services offered at DTCH lie in improving a child’s socio-emotional development by strengthening her self-worth and tapping into the school, community and family to achieve this.

According to the National Institute of Health, dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. DTCH tutors individuals in reading, writing, spelling and handwriting to help them overcome the challenges and difficulties related to their dyslexia.

Volunteers help students learn to ‘soar with wisdom’ at the Dyslexia Tutoring Center of Hawaii

We are holding our second annual Raising Awareness on Dyslexia Fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 at Wet ‘n’Wild Hawaii. Come and enjoy the exciting rides, live entertainment by Hoku Zuttermeister, Kupaoa and A Touch of Gold, wonderful prizes and the sense of camaraderie while supporting this amazing organization.

Tickets cost $25 pre-sale and $30 at the gate. For ticket and event information, please call 295-4298. Contact us directly at 676-5515 or online at dtchawaii.org to learn more about our program and services.


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