"Learning Centers for Children"
In 1994 (barely six years ago!), the
'brainchild' of a Massachusetts Mason, J. Phillip Berquist, came to fruition
and the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite began its support
of centers to help children with dyslexia.
In four short years, the program grew 'like
topsy' in the Scottish Rite's Northern US Masonic Jurisdiction. It was also
replicated in the Southern US Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite as
well. You can read about the NMJ's programs at
and the SMJ's programs
right here. New centers seem to be opening all the time, thus enhancing
this wonderful program filling a very important need.
Since 1994, many children have received
free specialized instruction at these Scottish Rite Masonic
Children's Learning Centers. Scottish Rite Masons of the US Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction have pledged to continue to offer this service for as many
children as they can - free of charge. They also provide guidance and funding
for other means to defeat dyslexia, such as teacher tutor programs, research,
and scholarships for teachers.
This worthwhile program is just another of
the many fine charities sponsored by the Masonic family!
web site of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite comes this:
A small boy sits at his desk, looking down
at his open book as his classmates read aloud. He wrinkles his forehead and
squints his eyes but the letters and words he sees are jumbled, twisted and
He grips the book tighter, holds his breath
and makes a silent wish that the teacher will not call on him ...
This child has dyslexia, a common learning
disability. He needs help to overcome it before it sets him back emotionally
as well as educationally.