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A Cause Near to My Heart: Support Literacy in Children

Support Literacy in Children

Despite being eight years apart I have always had an incredibly close relationship with my little brother. Sometimes I think he is less of a brother and more of a second child to me. I was there changing his diapers, teaching him to tie his shoes and kissing his boo-boos. But there are some things I can not fix. Beginning as a toddler, Scott had a hard time grasping fundamental milestones. However, it was never more apparent than when scott entered school. To shorten a lengthy tale, at 15 years old my brother could only read at a 2nd grade level. He is cognitively impaired. No amount of testing could produce a pill, a cure, a method to fix it.

Do you know what it’s like to be 15 and unable to text your friends? To miss drivers training because you can’t learn the material? He can’t download songs to his iPod because he can’t search the name. He struggles with all of the things that make kids fit in, that give them common interest. All because he can not read.

That was last year. This year he is 16 and it brings tears to my eyes to say that through nothing less than sheer willpower we have achieved things once thought impossible. The test said he could not learn to read. But they were wrong. Over the last year he and I have spent our evenings reading and discussing series like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Goosebumps. He has went from a 2nd grade reading level to somewhere between a 3rd and 4th. He sends literally thousands of text a month chatting with friends and he signed up for drivers education next year. But not all kids have resources to books, to help. Because of this literacy in children has become one of my passions. Until you experience illiteracy first hand you truly can’t grasp how it effects every faucet of your life. It’s why I support businesses that support literacy in children. Nordic Naturals wants to team up with YOU to support Save the Children, an organization who works to improve childhood literacy.

From July 1st – September 30th, $1 will be donated to the U.S. Literacy Program for the non-profit Save the Children for every bottle sold at RETAIL STORES of the following Nordic Natural’s products: Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA, Omega-3.6.9. Junior, Ultimate Omega Junior, and Nordic Berries.

“Supporting learning in children has always been a passion for us at Nordic Naturals,” notes Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for the company. “Omega-3s have proven themselves as important building blocks not only for overall health in children but in supporting a child’s ability to learn. We are proud to be associated with Save the Children and to support their meaningful work to improve childhood literacy in this country.”

This post is made possible by Nordic Naturals. All opinions remain my own.

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  1. August 5, 2013 at 8:07 am — Reply

    I can’t even imagine…this is so scary. Thanks for bringing awareness to this problem going on I hope more people can get help and resources like your brother!

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm — Reply

      Thank you Melissa. It’s great when companies take the initiative to support causes like Save the Children.

  2. August 5, 2013 at 8:33 am — Reply

    Wow. What a wonderful big sister you are to be devoted to helping your brother progress! I applaud you, and I am always glad to see brands donating to great causes like this.

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm — Reply

      Thank you Leigh. I’m glad to see brands working for social good as well.

  3. August 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    I am so glad to hear your brother is now reading well. You’re so right that this is a very important cause. Thanks for sharing your personal story.

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm — Reply

      It makes me glad too. Thank you, Angela.

  4. August 5, 2013 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    Beautiful and triumphant! As a teacher, there is nothing more rewarding than success after hours of hard work and perseverance. We are big fans of nordic naturals and happy to see such dedication to a great cause.

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