This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Twenty-two first graders in Snohomish, Washington are in front of the chalkboard sounding out words like appendectomy, while in Lake Havasu, Arizona, first graders are begging their teacher for more challenging words to spell, "one with a three letter blend and a digraph," they say, "like the word splash!" The teachers in these examples join the ranks of educators across America who have achieved monumental success using the "Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself Reading System."
The "Discover Intensive Phonics" system is designed to teach people how to read using manuals and a creatively developed software set. It's published locally by HEC Reading Horizons, a Utah based company located in North Salt Lake.
HEC Reading Horizons was founded by Leonard L. Eversole and Dr. J. Richard Connelly, a professor at the University of Utah. Driven by their desire to help students of all ages learn to read, they obtained an exclusive license from the author of "Discover Intensive Phonics," Charlotte Lockhart. The goal of the two men was to develop an interactive computer courseware based on Lockhart's methods, and to be a distributor of her instruction and teaching materials.
In 1987 the U.S. Department of Education provided HEC with a special grant that allowed them to expand and develop a software package directed towards adult literacy. Since then, adults from across the nation have learned to read using software designed specifically for them. Reading Horizons is easy to find on the Internet at www.readinghorizons.com, and using the program, most students improve three grade levels in less then six months.
No one can underestimate the importance of learning how to read. Since 1984, HEC Reading Horizons has been committed to helping people to do just that. That's nearly 20 years of dedication and outstanding service.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.