In an effort to foster a community of inclusion and to promote understanding, kindness and acceptance of all types of learning styles, Gatewood participated in an all-school read-aloud project this fall. Classes read and discussed books where the main characters have challenges with reading, schoolwork, and bullying due to having Dyslexia. Our K-1 classes read Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco and grades 2-5 read a Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
Inspired by the project, a Gatewood parent reached out to Jewell Loyd, the point guard for the Seattle Storm who has Dyslexia and ADHD. The parent asked if she would be willing to share her incredible and successful story with our Gatewood students.
Jewell was thrilled to learn about our project and wanted to be involved, but at that time was playing basketball in China. This, however, did not stop her from getting involved. She made a video especially for Gatewood answering individual student questions that came up during the project! The video was shown to our 2nd - 5th grade students during library. The students were inspired by Jewell and very appreciative of her openness in telling her story. Further, after viewing Jewell's video, many students were inspired to share their own struggles with learning. This not only gave these students a chance to open up about themselves, but also helped to educate our students!
Check out Jewell answering Gatewood student questions HERE
See Jewell's WNBA Rookie Diary HERE
Eye to Eye Mentoring Movement for kids with LD/ADHD HERE
The Washington State Branch of The International Dyslexia Association HERE