Donna Henry, Healthcare Professional of the Year

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Congratulations to our Head of School, Donna Henry, who was a Finalist for Lehigh Valley Business Health Care Professional of the Year! Thank you for all you do for students with learning disabilities!! 

The Hillside School Honors Service Award Winners

Service Award Winners - Marilyn Marles and Gretchen KrasleyThe Hillside School celebrated their donors, volunteers, and community partners on Wednesday, February 25th at The Hillside School.  Two Service Award winners were announced during the evening, Marilyn Marles, founder of the Marles Group, and Gretchen Krasley, retired educator.

Quaint Oak Bank Donates $25,000

Quaint Oak Bank donated $25,000 in scholarship money to The Hillside School to help support education in their local communities. These contributions were made through the Pennsylvania Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program and the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program.  “I am proud to be a part of an organization that not only appreciates and understands the value of education but is also willing to support educators in providing specialized learning opportunities for the children in our communities,” expressed Jacqueline Cercone, Allentown Branch Manager. Southampton Branch Manager, Louise Abele stated, “Education is the cornerstone of our society and we at Quaint Oak are proud to do our part in contributing to the success of our community.” For more information about Quaint Oak Bank and what they are doing for the community, please visit their website (www.quaintoak.com/community/).

Landis Family Charity Foundation Donates $40,000

The Landis Family Charity Foundation presented a check for $40,000 to The Hillside School, during The Landis Cup Million Dollar Charity Shootout on Veteran’s Day.  The Landis Family Charity Foundation challenged The Hillside School with a 2:1 financial match with proceeds raised by the school benefitting Canine Companions for Independence.  Hillside met the $20,000 match by hosting fundraisers such as a Carnival, Coin Competitions among students, a Pasta Fundraiser, Canvas Events, selling Kidstuff Books, holding a raffle on a donated piece of jewelry from Feldman Design Jewelers, and generous donors.

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

The Hillside School would respectfully like to recognize October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability involving difficulties acquiring and processing language that is typically manifested by a lack of proficiency in reading, writing, and spelling. The National Institute of Child Health and Development suggests as many as twenty percent of all students may have some degree of dyslexia.

Many individuals believe the word “dyslexia” describes a reading problem in which people see words backward. However, research has shown that this description is not accurate in describing the complex concept of dyslexia. Dyslexia factually means “difficulty with words” that can impact one’s speaking, reading, and/or spelling and varies a great deal from person to person. We at The Hillside School believe having a learning disability is something that makes students exceptional in their own way. Through our multi-sensory classroom based education (8:1 ratio), our students can appreciate their own “learning needs” and learn how to advocate for themselves.

Join The Hillside School as we take a stand together and promote the overall academic, personal, and social success of all students. This October, we will honor those with dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities. As we recognize National Dyslexia Awareness Month, we will continue to stand by our mission in maximizing the potential of the child with learning disabilities through excellence in education.

Alumni Spotlight

The Hillside School alumna, Alexandra Duddy,  currently a freshman at Penn State University Berks spoke to the attendees at the 2014 Golf Classic about her experience at The Hillside School.

 

 

 

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