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  • Writer's pictureFather Lance W. Harlow

How is your Speling?

Yes, I know the title is spelled incorrectly. I hope it caught your attention! This year I am teaching a religion class to 5th and 6th graders and, among other things, we are working on their spelling. Because we live in a generation of "spell check" and "auto correct", generations of young people are not learning how to spell correctly, not to mention, how to look up words in a dictionary.

What's even more challenging is when children from troubled families have been bounced around from one school to another for a variety of socio-economic reasons. They have had inconsistent education along with the stress of family problems, separation and/or anxiety issues.

One of the many advantages of the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children is the student/teacher ratio and the ability to work with kids who have been hampered in their educational formation. The stability that the Homes provides, coupled with careful attention by dedicated teachers, allows for the boys and girls to catch up with any deficiencies in their language, reading and math skills.

Your donation to the children's home helps them to learn these skills which we took for granted a generation or two ago. Spelling, reading, writing and math skills are still an essential component to success--whether there are computers, calculators and auto correction or not.

I get excited about doing spelling words and spelling tests with my students and don't see it as a lost art. I also get excited about you, our St. Nicholas Project donors, whose financial contributions are doing so much good. Not only do you clothe the kids and feed them, you also provide them the necessary stability to learn math skills, reading skills and spelling skills.

Please make a donation today by clicking on the donate icon above. Thank you for remembering the boys and girls at the children's home. God bless you!

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