"I decided to participate because I have dyslexia and want to support the International Dyslexia Association," said 9th grader Ben Ranson.
Elementary students are also enthusiastic about the Relay.
"I'm really glad I'm participating," said Elementary student Ben Goldstein. "I didn't even think I'd be able to raise $25, but now I'm almost at my goal of raising $1,000!"
During the Relay, participating DA students will each read one sentence from The Sword of Darrow, a middle school-level fantasty novel co-authored by Hal and Alex Malchow. Hal and Alex began writing the book when Alex was an eight-year-old struggling with dyslexia. Now ten years later, the Malchows have decided to donate all book royalties to IDA.
"This is a great book for struggling readers," says Jessica Greenberg, DA Literacy Specialist. "Not only will it engage students' interest, but it's formatted in larger, sans serif font with additional spacing, to make it easier to read."
"This whole event really benefits everyone involved," says Tammy Curran, DA Literacy Specialist and Relay team leader. "IDA and DA receive funding. Students get to take part in a fun, record-breaking event. And, we raise awareness about dyslexia."
Watch the event on May 10th at www.interdys.org. DA students will read at approximately 9:00 a.m. MST. To learn more, or to make a donation, please visit the DA Relay page.