Muskingum University faculty, staff, and students walked to support dyslexia awareness on Tuesday, Oct. 18 for the Second Annual Dyslexia Awareness 5K Run/Walk. With 90 participants this year, 1,050 laps for literacy were completed in an untimed 5K walk/run around the University quad.
“October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, and we were excited to come together to walk in support of those facing reading difficulties,” said Alyssa Whealdon, a middle-childhood education major. “Dyslexia is often misunderstood. Our walk was a chance to learn about and celebrate the unique strengths associated with dyslexia.”
Every lap for literacy was counted! Student organizations and groups competed for a pizza party for the most laps to show their support. This year’s first place winner was Chi Alpha Nu sorority, with FAD sorority in second, and the CEC Student Chapter in third. Chad Love, Quentin Temple, and Riley Watson each completed the most individual laps with a 10K.
“When we have a better understanding of the reading process, we foster a greater appreciation for the neurobiological differences associated with dyslexia,” said Dr. Laura Reed, Assistant Professor of Education. “This walk provided an opportunity to share knowledge and come together in solidarity with individuals with language-based disabilities.”