Class of 2019 launches its class project

The 2019 Leadership San Ramon Valley class is leading a fundraising campaign to enhance literacy instruction in our local schools to honor the memory of Maddie Hurd. Maddie Hurd was a graduate of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and was attending college in Washington State when she was tragically killed in a car accident on her way to Mount Baker Ski Area where she was an instructor supervisor.

Maddie had dyslexia, a language-based learning disability, which significantly impacted her reading and writing. Much research exists on how the brain learns to read, in both typical readers and those with learning disabilities like dyslexia, but there is a large gap between the knowledge from this research and the practice of teaching reading in most school settings.

Research shows that all readers, and especially those with reading disabilities, benefit from a structured, sequential approach that teaches them the code of their written language and develops automatic word recognition. With hard work, patience, dedication and the support of her family and many of her teachers, Maddie was an excellent student and an outstanding young woman, despite her reading and writing challenges. In honor of Maddie’s memory, the LSRV class of 2019 is raising funds to help educators improve their knowledge and practice in the teaching of reading.

If you would like to make a donation, visit click on SRVEF “Friends of the Foundation”; insert your donation amount; check the box for a donation made in honor or memory; choose “In memory of” and type “LSRV Maddie” in the next field.

In addition, we have partnered with Dos Coyotes restaurant in San Ramon in this fundraising effort.  If you eat at Dos Coyotes from Monday, April 22 to Thursday, April 25 (11am-9pm), 25% of your bill will be donated to SRVEF  in Maddie’s memory to enhance literacy instruction.

We appreciate your support!