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Three Easter Seals schools closing statewide

Posted November 22, 2013

— Some special-needs children in North Carolina soon will have to find new preschools to attend.

Three of the state’s nine preschools operated by Easter Seals and United Cerebral Palsy are closing in the next month because of a lack of funding.

Jeff Smith, a spokesman for the nonprofit organization, said the schools, which serve children with and without disabilities, need more volume to be viable. Food Lion is ending its fundraising partnership with Easter Seals next year, but officials said that’s not the reason for the closings.

"It's very difficult," he said. "We're in the business of providing support and services. When you have to make a decision to exit or discontinue a service, that impacts someone's life."

Easter Seals plan to close three NC schools Easter Seals plan to close three NC schools

The Cape Fear Children’s Center is one of the schools slated for closure on Dec. 20. Half of the 36 students have disabilities.

Domonick Weaver said his 4-year-old daughter Jazmine, who has autism, said the center has been critical for her development.

“One of the things we deal with on a regular basis is Jazmine’s speech issues,” Weaver said. “Both of our children go to this school. It’s almost like we’re seeing a close member of the family leave the area.”

There is another Easter Seals school in Fayetteville where some children can go. Still, the loss hurts.

“I was upset,” Weaver said. “Not just myself, but my fiancée was horribly upset.”


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  • landonsgrampa Nov 22, 2013

    This is just more proof that the government, (city, county, state and federal), don't give a rats back side, about you, me or any other person in the US, even children. It is time to get Obama out. At the rate we are going, it will not take more than 3 or 4 years, until this country will be as good off as the beep forest of Brazil. This leadership needs to go now.

  • Mom2two Nov 22, 2013

    That is so sad! I have been to this place several times doing some programs with the children and the children were delightful and the staff appeared to be very loving.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 22, 2013

    Well Mr. Weaver it is your responsibility. If your child has speech issues, there are people you can pay to help them. Now perhaps if the Government was not stealing so much money from everyone donations to Easter Seals could have flowed in. I have less and less resource available to share because every year the Government takes more and more of my money. this year in particular was rough because Wake County is grabbing more of my money next year AND the Federal government almost stole several thousand more dollars from me via ObamaCare. I got a one year reprieve on that and hopefully that reprieve will be permanent.