Lakes and Bridges Charter School will build the bridge between dyslexia and academic success. Our new building will serve as that bridge, offering the support, guidance and instruction these bright and intelligent children need to realize their potential and go into the world ready to learn, work and succeed. Your donation is an investment in the future of South Carolina, and in the future of these children.
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The Challenge: South Carolina’s children are not learning how to read.
The statistics on education in South Carolina are dismal. 67% of 4th graders cannot read on grade level, and the outcome is worse for minority students. In 2017, South Carolina’s education system was ranked the worst in the country. We are failing to teach children to read. Meanwhile, we know that 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, a learning difference that makes it unexpectedly more challenging to read, write and spell. While dyslexia is common, most traditional schools do not provide the curriculum and attention needed to grow these bright, creative minds into successful students and adults.
The Solution: LABCS takes a new approach.
Lakes and Bridges Charter School was founded in 2017 with a simple mission: to teach all children to read. Specifically, the school offers the environment and curriculum proven to most effectively teach children with dyslexia to read, write and succeed. Our teachers are all trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach, an evidence-based, multi-sensory approach to reading education that is not available in most traditional schools.
Lakes and Bridges is the only public, tuition-free school in South Carolina—and in the entire Southeast—created to teach children with dyslexia. In the school’s first year, it reached full enrollment of 112 students, with many more on a waiting list. Families moved from three states and from elsewhere in S.C. to be able to attend the school. They called us a “God-send,” a “miracle” and the school that has finally made a difference in their child’s life.
The Need: The school needs a space to carry out our mission.
With full enrollment and an exciting second year underway, we have committed to turning 1600 East Main Street in Easley, S.C., into the school of the future and a forever home for Lakes and Bridges. The first of three phases of a renovation to turn the 30,000-sq.-ft. facility into an innovative, state-of-the-art school that will teach children in a way they most need and cannot find elsewhere has been completed; however, we still need the funds to complete Phases 2 and 3. This school will allow creative, intelligent children to reach their potential.
The Funding: State funds cover the basics. But this is not a basic school.
As a part of the S.C. Public Charter School District, Lakes and Bridges receives per-pupil funding from the state (not from local taxes), as well as federal grant funds. This money covers salaries, equipment and operations. However, state and federal funds cannot be used for building construction or renovation. We therefore have to privately raise the funds to renovate our building for the school year starting August 2019.
How You Can Help: Build the school of the future, right now.
For such a great vision, there is great cost, but also incredible outcomes. This is a unique opportunity for you to be an integral part of the foundation of a movement that will change the course of thousands of children’s lives in the Upstate. Think about the impact your donation will have in helping a child read, when nothing else has unlocked their mind.
The students and teachers are in class, hard at work in Phase 1 of our renovations. The curriculum is in place and making a difference. All we need now is to complete Phase 2 and 3 of our renovations.