I am a big fan of the fantasy genre of fiction. Whether its books, movies, TV shows or games, I love when the story leaves reality and ventures into a world of make-believe. These stories allow us to escape a world that can seem a bit dull at times, and allows us to believe for a moment that magic can exist.
Unfortunately, my letter from Hogwarts never arrived, and there are no magic carpets or yellow brick roads that lead to Emerald cities. But at least we can visit the places in our minds, and if you’re a fan of the genre like me, there many options for doing just that.
Last night I was watching a TV show set in a world very similar to our own, but with a little horror sprinkled in. In it, a character lamented that even though these terrible fantasy beings were all around them, the world still didn’t feel magical. “Where’s the magic and the adventure?!” she exclaimed.
Sometimes in our lives we get this feeling, wishing there was a magical solution to all of our problems (or our morning commute). People so often promise results that seem too good to be true, and unfortunately, they usual are.
But The Leaven works because we know there is a real solution that is proven, and that needs no embellishment or magic. By building a strong foundation in reading and mathematics, we help elementary school kids succeed in their studies and in life. Through tutoring and mentoring, we are able to offer a simple solution to a terrible and costly problem — failure in school and the tragic life-choices that can lead to.
It’s not magic, but sometimes it feels that way, because seeing the way a child’s eyes light up when he or she is able to read for the first time is one of the most magical feelings in the world. So while our world might be short a few dragons, thanks to The Leaven, kids can visit worlds of wonder through reading, and that is even better.