The Reading Center holds Annual Bright Stars event

People in Rochester are raising awareness and funds for students with the learning disability, dyslexia.

Posted: Nov. 4, 2018 11:00 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - On Sunday, people came out to The Reading Center's annual Bright Stars event. It raises awareness of dyslexia and raises money for students at The Reading Center. 

Douglas Wood is a Minnesota-native and a best-selling author, musician, and speaker. As the guest speaker at the event, he shared his experience with dyslexia and ADHD, and how he was able to be successful. 

He hopes people attending leave knowing reading is important, and even if it's hard, they can still do it. 

"We can still learn to read. Even if figuring out abstract symbols on a page isn't the easiest thing to do, we can still do it," he said. "Even if it's difficult for you like it was for me, or for some of the kids here today just stick with it. Many many people can read faster than I can. I'm not a fast reader at all but I'm a good reader. And reading is not a race."

The money raised at the event will go to scholarship money for students of The Reading Center. So far, 16% of the organization's students have recieved almost $59,000 in scholarhips. 

At this year's event, the first $10,000 in donations will be matched by Mayo Clinic and the Rochester Scottish Rite Children's Foundation. 

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