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Proud of Bridge Academy
I am writing regarding the very recent accreditation of The Bridge Academy in Lawrenceville, by The Academy of Orton-Gillingham.
Due to this accreditation, Bridge is now only one of 10 schools in the nation to have been awarded this honor.
By way of history, since 2003, The Bridge Academy has been serving children of average or higher intellectual ability who have a language-based learning disability, using Orton-Gillingham as the foundation for their program. As a personal aside, I know from nationally celebrated attorney Peter W. D.Wright, Esq., himself challenged with dyslexia as a child, how life-saving this program is.
Pete describes how in 1953 Diana King was living in Washington, DC, and was tutoring children. As divine providence would have it, Ms. King, an Orton member, who founded the Orton-Gillingham Academy, tutored Pete as well. The rest is history.
An interesting historical note is that Petes mother, a PTA President and Civil Rights Leader in Washington, DC, had an active role in the desegregation of the DC schools following the 1954 landmark United States Supreme Court education civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Ed.
On account of Ms. Kings timely intervention, Pete was well-equipped to then go on to attend law school, eventually successfully representing Shannon V.Carter before the United States Supreme Court in 1993, whereby the Court issued a unanimous decision on Shannons behalf in Florence County v. Shannon Carter.
The moral of this story is that thanks to the visionary excellence
and compassionate understanding of individuals such as Susan Morris,
the principal and education director at Bridge, and her very engaged
and committed co-educators, as well as all those enlightened souls
who have gone before them, our children have a stake in their own
futures, whatever they choose them to be, however they wish to pursue