Raleigh, North Carolina (PressExposure) October 11, 2011 -- The Board of Directors, volunteers and friends of the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh announced today the kick-off of the organization's inaugural annual support campaign, "Creating Bright Futures". The campaign goal is to raise a minimum of $100,000 over the next six weeks to support education of special needs preschool and kindergarten children in Wake County.
Since 1965, the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center has provided over one million hours of tuition-free, superior education and support for children with special needs in our community. The school places particular emphasis on the development of the communication skills and personal independence necessary to allow children and their families to successfully navigate the challenges of everyday life.
"As a non-profit organization, the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center relies on the generosity and support of our friends and the community to help us continue to offer top quality education and care for children with special needs, so that they each have the opportunity to achieve their full potential," said Eliza Kraft Olander, chairman of the Creating Bright Futures Campaign.
One hundred percent of the funds raised during the 2011 campaign will be used to support the education and care of the school's students including:
Addition of an occupational therapist
Purchase of next-generation, state-of-the-art teaching devices and technologies
Advanced training for teachers in assistive technologies and auditory integration
These investments will allow the school to enhance its "Whole Language" program and remain the county's leading provider of communication development for children with special needs.
"When our daughter entered Frankie Lemmon School she only had sounds, no recognizable speech. I thought if she could talk maybe she could tell me if something was wrong or if she wanted something," said Mary, mother of former Frankie Lemmon student Jessica. "Jessica said her first words at Frankie Lemmon. She overcame her fears and learned she could do things herself." According to Malcolm Thompson, chairman of the Frankie Lemmon School Board of Directors, it the School's long-term goal to serve a greater number of children who would benefit from the high-quality program that the school offers.
"Our vision is to become a recognized model for life-changing special needs education in North Carolina," explains Thompson.
"The Creating Bright Futures campaign is an essential element in providing the financial foundation necessary to support the on-going operation of our school in years to come. We hope that the community will support us in this endeavor and share with us the joy that comes from 'Creating Bright Futures'."
"Families come to Frankie Lemmon with heavy hearts, most having found no place where their child is welcomed with open arms, treasured for his or her uniqueness," explains Britt, whose son Cooper attended the school. "The Frankie Lemmon School is a port in the storm, a haven in which children have their needs met."