SHERIDAN, Wyo., Aug. 12, 2008 – With the "Rite" help, children and teenagers can overcome a variety of speech-, language-, hearing- and reading-related impediments. And, with an $8,000 grant from the Qwest Foundation, the Scottish Rite Foundation's Rite Care program will ensure that children across Wyoming receive the right kind of services to build and improve their skills for future learning success.
Rite Care is a free language clinic for children and teens 18 years old and younger who face several types of communications challenges. Participants are referred by educational institutions and medical practices, and professional, licensed clinicians and therapists provide group and one-on-one therapy to enrollees at no charge.
"Our state's children should have access to the resources they need for academic success, and the Rite Care program advances that goal by providing invaluable, skill-building services to them," said Tom Harper, Qwest network operations manager in Sheridan.
Children and teens with learning challenges can receive Rite Care services at one of three available clinics in Sheridan, Cheyenne and Rock Springs. Since the program began in 1991, Rite Care clinics have successfully served approximately 1,000 kids in Wyoming.
Harper and Mil Griggs of Qwest will present Scottish Rite Foundation President Bob Schrader and Secretary Charlie Moore with an oversize, symbolic check on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Rite Care clinic at 109 S. Gould St. This is the second grant the Qwest Foundation has awarded to the Rite Care program. In 2007, the program received $5,650 from the Foundation.
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