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Wednesday, March 21 News

Two to describe their reading challenges

Marc Hoffman, of LD Advocate LLC of Stamford, and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Inc. are presenting a free program featuring LeDerick R. Horne, national disability advocate and speaker, and Jovan Haye, former NFL defensive tackle, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Westover Elementary School, 412 Stillwater Ave., Stamford.

Haye will talk about his struggles with school because of reading challenges, overcoming a childhood with limited resources, and how sports and a caring teacher transformed his life -- leading to a seven-year stint in the NFL followed by a career as an entrepreneur.

As a child, Horne believed he did not have much of a future despite being classified as neurologically impaired in the third grade. He has become a poet, playwright, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and advocate.

Jovan and LeDerick will join, Hoffman, parents, students and learning experts to speak about how to make school a more rewarding experience for all children who have difficulty academically, whether or not they have been identified for special education services.

Admission is free. To register, visit www.learn2.eventbright.com. For information, visit www.SmartKidswithLD.org.