National Geographic : 1985 Dec
HOWA STUDENT WHO COULDN'T LEARN TAUGHT EVERYONE AN IMPORTANT LESSON. Everyone thought Matthew Francisco was failing school. But was he really? You see, Matthew has a learning disability. And no matter what his par ents and teachers did, his problem only seemed to worsen. (Matthew even started running away from home to avoid school.) Finally Matthew's mother, Barbara, did some homework of her own and got in touch with the Minnesota Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities, a United Way supported agency. The Association helped Barbara deal with Matthew at home and his teachers deal with him at school. Before long Matthew was solving prob lems in school instead ofjust being one. And through her involvement with The Association, Barbara now schools other parents with learning disabled children. This is just one of thousands of similar stories from all over the country. And, as the Franciscos can attest, United Way does a lot in your community. Everything from day care to foster care to care for the elderly. And what makes it all work are generous contributions from people like yourself. People who realize that without their help, United Way simply cannot exist. Matthew, his parents and his teachers thank you. So do we. United Way THANKSTOYOUITWORKS FORALLOFUS.