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Fundraiser to help Raleigh charter school for disabled students open

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A public school in Raleigh for disabled children is set to open next month but organizers desperately need donations to get the school up and running.

One Triangle family said the school will do much more than provide an education for their son.

Deven Gregory will be a ninth grader at Dynamic Community Charter School this fall.

The school is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

All students have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Deven Gregory has highly functional Asperger syndrome. He can have difficulty in social situations due to the syndrome.

His mom Amy Gregory said the new school is a great opportunity.

"He was main stream in the Wake County Public Schools for many years and he just felt lost and he wasn't comfortable there," she said. "He wasn't getting educated."

Since government funding doesn't cover many startup costs, fundraising efforts are underway.

The school is close to its goal of raising $100,000 by the end of the month.

"This is a last resort for people to be able to educate their kids and be involved in a group that caters to their needs and makes them part of a community," said Amy Gregory. "We need the funding."

The school is set to open its doors on Aug. 25. It's a date the Gregory family are looking forward to.

"I think of opportunity because it's a new chance," said Deven Gregory. "It's a time to go and get an education where I can be safe and I won't have to worry if I have a meltdown. People won't judge me for that because everyone has them in that type of school. "

Deven Gregory's family believes that school is just what he needs to make the grade.

DCCS has opportunities for the community to support it in reaching its goal.

An Artist's Reception and Benefit will be held July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stars Theater and Art Center at 123 Vance Street in Fuquay-Varina.

On July 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rookies Sports Park will host a dine-in benefit.

Proceeds from both events will be given to the "Building a Dynamic Community" campaign.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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