Children's Dyslexia Center of the Madison Area

Summer 2023 News & Happenings

In May of 2003, The Children’s Dyslexia Center of the

Madison Area had its first Celebration of Achievement,

AKA Graduation, which makes this year our 20th! The remarkable effort of many tutors and mentors has directly changed the lives of over 330 children and over 1,000 more indirectly thanks to the 75-plus teachers, retirees, and people from all walks of life who took our training. 

One exceptional tutor named Sandy was at that first Celebration in 2003. She often flies under the radar, but her commitment to kids who learn differently is undeniable. Together we took on the initial training in 2002 and the advanced training in 2006. I looked up to Sandy since she had been trained in multiple reading programs and had the patience of a saint. Over 30 children were remediated with her expertise at the Center, and more that she tutored privately. She shared strategies and the ins and outs of our language, like the elongated ‘I’ in a Latin-based word before the suffix like ‘remedial’ (i=/ē/). If students initially did not see the value of her lessons, they did so by the end of the year, when their reading invariably improved. A student of hers who could not read at all in September was reading at grade level by April.

This kind of improvement takes the knowledge of a journeywoman. Sandy has taught thousands of hours over decades, often taking the maximum number of students. She is a friend and comrade who is retiring this year and will be sorely missed.

It is estimated that the Children’s Dyslexia Centers nationwide have directly changed the lives of 16,000 children and indirectly 70,000 since 1996. Indirectly because many who train through our accredited course go on to work independently or in schools. If you or anyone you know is interested in our IMLEC accredited training program, email

Happy summer!

Kelly Kuenzie, Director

Walk for Dyslexia Raises Funds

The Walk for Dyslexia is our biggest event fundraiser for the year, and this year was no exception! Thank you to all the families, individuals, and friends who joined us at Brittingham Park to raise awareness and funds for the Center for the 14th year. We raised over $25,000 to support tutoring services in the Greater Madison area!

Thank You 2023 Walk Sponsors

Wonder Kitchen raises funds for the Center 

The Right to Read

Film Screening

In February, Wonder Kitchen held a fundraiser for the Center. Anna owns Wonder Kitchen and is a student at the Center. She is 12 years old and says, "I started this business because I found a love for baking and being in the kitchen. I made samples and gave them to my neighbors and people loved it. I made a business out of good recipes, commitment, and hard work. I explore a lot of new recipes then make them my own."

When Anna shared that she would be donating all of her proceeds from her February sales to the Center, we were very sweet about the idea. Anna raised $1,578 for the Center and we are so grateful! Anna, thank you for sharing your passion with the community. If you would like to purchase products from Wonder Kitchen, you can find them online here

The Right to Read film shares the stories of an activist, a teacher, and two American families who fight to provide our youngest generation with the most foundational indicator of life-long success: the ability to read.

When a child can’t read, their chances of incarceration, homelessness, and unemployment increase. That’s why Oakland-based NAACP activist Kareem Weaver believes literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time and is fighting for better reading instruction. “What good is winning the right to vote if we can’t even read the ballot?” Fed up with his community's bleak reading scores, Kareem files a petition with the Oakland Unified School District demanding change.

This movie has been screened in Wisconsin, and we can't wait until it is fully released. We encourage you to check out the trailer and their website for resources.

Watch the trailer here.

The Right to Read resource page.

Grins, Giggles, and perhaps Groans

What kind of book does a rabbit like at bedtime?

One with a hoppy ending!


If you would like a report of donations you have made

to the Children's Dyslexia Center-Madison,

contact Gail Piper at 608-516-2098 or

Children's Dyslexia Center

of the Madison Area

 608.252.4922 office

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Board of Governors

Roger Nitzsche, Chair

Paul Krueger, Treasurer

Don Komplin

Donna Leet

Gail Piper

Jason Freeman

Lyle G. Christain

Michael Roering

Jeffery L. Bryden, Deputy for Supreme Council, 33° A.A.S.R. for No. M.J.

Diane Anderson, Controller

Kelly Kuenzie, Director