Maryland School for Children with Dyslexia Awarded Grant to Bolster Its Unique Academic Program

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Educational Foundation of America (EFA) has awarded Friendship School of Eldersburg, MD, an $80,000 grant to enhance strategic marketing efforts that will focus on increasing enrollment and developing public awareness of dyslexia and language-based learning differences.

Friendship School in Eldersburg, MD, serves students grades 1-8 from around the Baltimore region that have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Friendship School in Eldersburg, MD, serves students grades 1-8 from around the Baltimore region that have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

We want more children with dyslexia and language-based learning differences to enroll in Friendship School and receive the high-quality education they deserve.

The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) has awarded Friendship School a gift of $80,000 for the school’s strategic marketing plan, which aims to promote the school’s unique academic program and stimulate student enrollment. In addition, the marketing initiative will drive public awareness of dyslexia and other language-based learning differences, and market Friendship School’s effectiveness in the remediation of these issues. The grant will be used over a two-year period.

According to Friendship School Principal Teresa Ankney, the EFA’s contribution will help attract students—along with parents and educators. The school and its staff provide students grades 1-8 with the skills they need to re-enter mainstream education and continue their academic endeavors.

“With the EFA’s grant, we move closer toward our goals: increased student enrollment and greater awareness of Friendship School’s unique role within the community,” Ankney said. “We want more children with dyslexia and language-based learning differences to enroll in Friendship School and receive the high-quality education they deserve.”

The Educational Foundation of America’s grants to qualifying non-profits support the completion of specific projects that are consistent with the EFA’s goal, which is the continuous development of effective teaching materials to improve the quality and quantity of education nationwide.

This gift helps to match funding provided by Baltimore-based organizations Merritt Properties and the France-Merrick Foundation, both of whom combined to contribute $200,000 toward the school’s cause and will fund Phases II and III of the marketing initiative. All three of these contributions will greatly benefit the plan’s main objectives, Ankney said.

“The Education Foundation of America recognizes our potential and has shown a high level of commitment to our strategic marketing plan,” added Ankney. “The generosity of these foundations is consistent with our dedication to making Friendship School the best it can possibly be.”

About Friendship School
Located in Eldersburg, MD, Friendship School serves students in grades one through eight with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences who attend from throughout the greater Baltimore region. Friendship offers a full curriculum covering all core academic subjects as well as art, music, drama, physical education and computer literacy. The school’s program includes daily one-to-one reading and language-based tutoring, as well as multi-sensory teaching strategies. Friendship school also provides training for teachers to help identify and remediate students with dyslexia. The school serves as a lab school where these research-based best practices are put into action with the student population. For more information contact Teresa Ankney (410-552-6882 or info@friendshipschool.org) or visit http://www.friendshipschool.org.

About EFA
The Educational Foundation of America was founded in 1959 to promote the development of effective teaching materials to improve quality and quantity of education as well as making it more widely available to all. EFA provides grants to qualifying non-profits that contribute toward the completion of specific projects that are consistent with the EFA’s goals. For more information visit http://www.efaw.org.

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