NORTH TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Prentice School, a nonpublic private, and nonprofit academic school with an established reputation as one of the leading schools for children with learning differences that include dyslexia (language-based processing disorder), dyscalculia (math-based processing disorder), dysgraphia (written language-based processing disorder), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety announced its former alumnus and Orange County native, Logan Dooley, will be competing for gold at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games for the Men’s Trampoline Gymnastics event.
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“Dreams are dreams for a reason, and most people leave them at just that. I feel that I have finally reached a part of my dream. I still can’t believe it. Although my work is not done, I feel it is so important to be appreciative of the countless number of people who have helped me along the way. Thank you everyone for the endless support. I truly appreciate all the encouragement,” said Logan.
As a young child, Logan’s favorite activity was using his parent’s bed as a trampoline. When the bed finally broke, the Dooley family invested in a trampoline for the backyard. “This is where it all began, and it truly was one of the best investments we have ever made,” said his mother, Nancy Dooley, “and for the next twenty years, Logan would strive to be the best in his sport.”
As described by Steve Penny, President and CEO of USA Gymnastics, “Logan Dooley exemplifies the power of never giving up. Twice – in 2008 and 2012 – Logan served as the alternate to the U.S. Olympic trampoline team. This year, he made his first Olympic team.” At Prentice, students are known to exemplify a strong work ethic and determination in order to succeed.
As a young Prentice student, Logan’s strong will and determination were key factors in learning to cope with what he called his ‘Dyslexia Thing.’ Despite the fact that he struggled every day to read and write in his own native language, Logan was steadfast in his desire to master new ways to ‘learn how to learn’ under the specialized guidance of his Prentice teachers.
“As a child with dyslexia, Logan knew he had to work harder than most kids,” said Nancy, “and when that work ethic was rewarded by his Prentice mentors, his self-confidence was renewed and strengthened. There’s no doubt that Logan took that renewed sense of confidence and determination with him from the Prentice classroom to the trampoline.”
At a “Send-Off” party held last week at the Dooley home, Lake Forest Mayor Andrew Hamilton, Orange County Board of Supervisors representatives Carolyn McInerny and Cecilia Hong, as well as a representative of U.S. Congresswoman Mimi Walters’ office presented proclamations of recognition to Logan as their send-off gifts.
Following the summer Olympics, Logan will perform in the 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. After the tour, The Prentice School looks forward to having Logan back on campus for a celebration assembly to recognize his success, and to motivate and encourage the Prentice students. “Having Logan return to Prentice and speak to the students will make a difference in their lives,” said Alicia Maciel, Executive Director of The Prentice School. “The Prentice Community will be cheering for him as he competes in the Olympics.”
Parents and donors as well as educational and healthcare professionals interested in learning more about The Prentice School should visit www.prentice.org for additional information.
ABOUT THE PRENTICE SCHOOL
Founded in 1986, The Prentice School is a private, non-profit academic school located in North Tustin, California and is a Certified Nonpublic School through the California Department of Education and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Prentice approach is designed to engage students on three learning pathways, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Using evidence-based curriculum and instructional methodologies, a structured literacy approach, multi-sensory instructional strategies, and ongoing progress monitoring, The Prentice School offers an unparalleled learning experience to students with learning differences who possess average to high intelligence, and whose needs have not been met in a more traditional classroom setting.
You can learn more about The Prentice School at www.prentice.org or call (714) 244-4600.