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A Walk in Their Shoes Breakfast Fundraiser Ends in Success

“One thing our students sometimes tell us is that words in a text seem to have letters that are jumping around,” said Susan Harrell, Director of the The Hill School of Wilmington. As she continued, she presented visual examples and a simulation of the challenges students with learning and attention issues face. Susan’s presentation, which included statistics as well as a beautifully executed video, was part of the 2019 Hill School of Wilmington fundraiser, A Walk in their Shoes, which was held on Thursday, May 2, at The Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, Susan went on to discuss the impact The Hill School has on the community, “We fill a vital need as we are the only school in southeastern North Carolina specifically designed to address the needs of students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorder.”

Susan's dynamic presentation was followed by two powerfully emotional speeches by current parent, Nicole Miller, and former parent and current board member, Linda Smits. Fighting back tears, both mothers described the challenges their children faced, as well as the difference The Hill School has made on their children’s lives through specific instruction in Reading, Writing, and Math. The multisensory instruction provided by Hill School staff empowers students to learn in a way suited to their individual needs, granting them the ability to learn in a way that encourages not only academic but emotional growth as well.

The crowd looks on as Linda Smits describes what it's like to parent a child with Dyslexia.

The breakfast ended with a call to action by board member Amy Brown North who encouraged those in attendance to continue to support The Hill School which fills a void in our area. Reiterating a sentiment by Susan Harrell presented earlier in the program, "The Hill School is the only school of its kind in southeastern North Carolin and has served students from Columbus, Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Families are driving from as far away as Oak Island and northern Pender County to attend our school."

The school could not do what it does without the generous support of a caring community.

To support The Hill School, please visit our website at

For more information on The Hill School of Wilmington, watch our new informational video below, and to see the simulation used during the breakfast click here: Dyslexia Simulation.

This event could not have been possible without the generous support from our sponsors:


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