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GCVI wins Dyslexia Awareness Day contest 

November 12, 2020 

GUELPH, Ontario – During October, in recognition of International Dyslexia Awareness Month, Dyslexia Canada hosts its annual Mark it Read (Red) for Dyslexia Campaign. As part of this campaign, people are invited to share their photos from Mark it Read on social media. At the end of the month, Dyslexia Canada announces the winners through a random draw. 

Earlier this year, International Baccalaureate students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute were presented the idea of Dyslexia Awareness Red Shirt Day by teacher Kelly Sergi as a potential topic for their Community Action Service (CAS) project.  

As part of this project, IB students Warisha and Grace planned and executed Red Shirt Day at the school. They created school announcements that shared facts about dyslexia, posted resources to the Resource Room Classroom, coordinated the red shirt day at GCVI and organized the city’s Light it Red campaign on October 22.  

Sergi proposed this idea to her class because dyslexia awareness is something she is passionate about, having a child who has dyslexia. Sergi said, “As an educator, ​I wanted to encourage staff to participate to normalize the conversation about communication learning disabilities such as dyslexia.  We have a caring and compassionate community at GCVI and the staff and students really came together to support this event.” 

Congratulations to Sergi and her class on being chosen as winners of this competition. 

To learn more about the Mark it Read contest and dyslexia, visit the Dyslexia Canada website.  

GCVI staff members wearing red for dyslexia awareness

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