The members of the board of trustees of Marburn Academy have announced the first in a series of special events marking the 30th anniversary of the school's founding.

The members of the board of trustees of Marburn Academy have announced the first in a series of special events marking the 30th anniversary of the school's founding.

A kick-off celebration will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the school, 1860 Walden Drive in the Northland area.

Marburn, according to spokeswoman Nancy Paul, was founded to "enable students with learning differences to acquire the skills, self-knowledge and strength to succeed, and to serve as a resource for the community."

"Marburn Academy has evolved since its founding in 1981 to become the central Ohio leader in research-based, college-preparatory education for students with dyslexia and ADHD," Paul wrote in announcing the Sept. 9 event.

Marburn Academy headmaster Earl B. Oremus was the first school leader to introduce the Orton-Gillingham approach for reading and language instruction to central Ohio, she added.

"As a result, there are multiple locations around the Columbus area where students can go for OG tutoring," according to Paul. "Marburn Academy is the only accredited Orton-Gillingham school program in central Ohio. The accreditation represents the highest standard of approval from the Orton-Gillingham Academy a school can receive."

According to the website for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators, the instructional method is a language-based, multisensory, structured approach to teaching students who have dyslexia or ADHD.

Marburn continues to partner with doctors from The Ohio State University and from Nationwide Children's Hospital regarding research in dyslexia and ADHD.

"Marburn has also supported public education through numerous workshops and seminars over the years, sharing valuable instruction methods and programs," Paul wrote.