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Updated: Oct 24, 2023

The Museum of East Texas is thrilled to host "The Gift of Creativity" once again this October in celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexic students across Lufkin Independent School District (LISD) will have artwork on display at the Museum from October 8 through October 22. There will be a reception on Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Pieces will range from drawings and paintings to sculptures and more with contributions from students in primary through high school. We always love seeing the fabulous creations they dream up with their imaginative minds. After the showcase, the items will go on an online auction with proceeds benefiting the Alys Ray Dyslexia Achievement Scholarship. Monies raised will be used for graduating seniors and all art auction contributions (winning bids and monetary donations) are tax deductible.

The LISD dyslexia/literacy team consists of Literacy Interventionists and Dyslexia Therapists that support students from Kindergarten to 12 grade with their literacy skills. Research has proven that dyslexia is not a reflection at all upon a person's intelligence level or capacity, although this condition can present challenges in learning and in daily activities. Some famous names you might recognize who are dyslexic include: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, Anderson Cooper, Robin Williams, Keira Knightley, Richard Branson, Octavia Spencer, Salma Hayek, Danny Glover, and Magic Johnson.

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