KING of cool Henry Winkler OBE visited St Helens last week to raise awareness about dyslexia.
Winkler, 66, who famously played The Fonz in the long-running US sitcom Happy Days, was acting as an ambassador for the Achievement For All charity’s My Way! campaign.
The TV and film star hosted an awards ceremony at the Hope Academy in Newton-le-Willows and promoted the award-winning children’s newspaper First News.
Winkler, who is dyslexic and suffered bullying as a child, joined First News editor Nicky Cox MBE to take an assembly and share his experiences of dyslexia - in a bid to inspire children and adults alike.
He also brought along copies of his children’s book Ghost Buddy, which he wrote alongside co-author Lin Oliver.
Winkler said: “School was unbelievably hard for me. Teachers didn’t know what dyslexia was at that time so I was labelled a troublemaker. I was the class clown. I got a bad grade in everything but lunch.
“I was told I was stupid, lazy and not living up to my potential. And, when you’re younger and you’re told that, you believe it. It’s part of your self-image.
“Just because we learn differently doesn’t mean we are not incredibly smart. That’s something I need every child to understand.”