Walmart Teams Up With Local Organizations for Good Cause

Posted by Laura Gaylord on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Under: Community Events

Customers at Walmart will find more than just savings at the register this weekend. Elkin’s Walmart is joining forces with the Dyslexia Services Foundation, a local non-profit organization, and the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club to provide free dyslexia screenings for children ages 6 to 14.

The free screenings will be conducted on Saturday, February 16 from11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Elkin Walmart. Members of the Dyslexia Services Foundation team, assisted by trained members of Yadkin Valley Rotary Club, will administer the free screening using an online screening test developed by, a locally-based company that offers evaluation and treatment for reading problems.

Parents can expect the test, which involves the child reading single words on the computer screen, to take approximately 10 minutes. Parents will then receive a paper with their child’s results and a list of agencies that they can contact for further testing, if necessary.

“The Dyslexia Services Foundation’s mandate is public information and financial support for low-income struggling readers,” said Sandie Blackley, Dyslexia Services Foundation board of directors vice chair. “Both Rotary International and the Elkin Walmart  have an interest in benefiting local literacy, so we were delighted to team up with them to provide this wonderful community service.”

Bill Blackley, Chairman of the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club’s Service Committee, said

Rotary conducted a dyslexia screening at this year’s Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Health Fair and were pleased with the results.

Elkin Walmart Manager, Lori Tackitt is a member of the Rotary Club and suggested the project at Walmart. Walmart will be giving all children who complete the screening a small gift. According to the National Institutes of Health, dyslexia affects the ease of reading, spelling and writing for approximately 20% of people worldwide, and high traffic passing through Walmart on a Saturday, the event is expected to be a big success. “We imagine this free screening will identify a number of local struggling readers and writers who may be at risk for dyslexia,” said Sandie Blackley. “Since evaluation is the first step to overcoming these struggles, families will be given a list of local agencies that can perform full language processing evaluations.”

Walmart will provide four scholarships for full-evaluations for low-income children who complete the screener and apply to the Dyslexia Services Foundation.   The selection will be based on financial need.

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