Etta Buckman & Robert Long #GivingTuesday Campaign

For over 50 years, Raleigh’s Frankie Lemmon School has transformed the lives of over 1,500 special needs children and their families.  COVID-19 continues to highlight the necessity of FLS by safely providing our families with the essential resources and support required to reach their full potential.  Since October, 26 2020, we have been open for in-person classes, allowing us to provide feeding, speech, and physical therapies to over 60 students in their critical development window.  Please join me in supporting their efforts!


For me, it’s the profound impact that this school has on the day-to-day lives of our families, thereby creating a significant positive impact on our community as a whole.  I believe that every person, regardless of age or ability, deserves acceptance and opportunity.  This school offers both to some of the most vulnerable in our community. 

I witnessed the momentous change in our littles from the start of school to the end of their first year.  I have seen students start the year unable to walk and/or eat independently and end it running throughout the playground and proudly polishing off all the chicken nuggets on their plate.  Accomplishments like these, made possible by the personalized instruction and therapy provided by our FLS staff and teachers, empower families and create a sense of belonging.  Let’s come together in creating a community that encourages opportunity for all!

WHAT can you do?!

Frankie Lemmon would not exist without the support of our friends and family, and this year, we need your help more than ever!  The state only covers about 1/3 of the cost of attendance per student per year and the rest (approximately $45,000 per student per year) is up to us!  With your help, we’re hoping to raise over $180,000 for FLS, and I have set a personal goal of $10,000, which is the amount needed to provide 1 month of feeding therapy for 4 of our 75 students.
Your gift will provide:
$25 – Adapted Eating Utensils 
$50 – Therapeutic Pressure Vest
$100 – Adapted Chair
$250 – GoTalk Communication Aid
$500 – A Music Therapy Session for Each Classroom
$1,000 – A Month of Fresh Fruits and Veggies for Healthy School Meals
$2,500 – Sponsor a Child’s Feeding Therapy for an Entire Month
$5,000 – SMART Board for Adaptive Learning
THANK you so much for joining my fundraising campaign for this school that is so near and dear to my heart.  Please let me know if you have any questions and please share!
Many thanks,
Etta & Robert