After three years of planning a group of Scottish Rite supporters gathered for a groundbreaking to launch the construction site of their new learning center.
The new three million dollar facility will be built just south of Lowrey Field inside the south loop. The twenty-eight thousand square foot learning center will replace the current Scottish Rite building on Avenue Q that has offered special help to dyslexic children and certified training to area teachers for thirty years.
Perhaps the best kept secret is that the learning programs offered through Scottish Rite are all free, thanks to the hard work and fundraising efforts of the Masonic Lodge which has made learning centers like the one in Lubbock a priority for kids who are struggling in school.
"They are smart. It's just the fact that they have a hard time with reading, but with the help of our teachers and the staff, these kids, they will end up being the future of our country," said Ted Hennis, the conference chairman of the Scottish Rite Learning Center.
Scottish Rite provides reading help to about fifty students a year in Lubbock and surrounding communities. The facility on Avenue Q was originally used by LISD as an elementary school. But, when the new learning center is complete in September of next year the avenue Q structure will be torn down to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy.