We Need your Vote! – $100,000 Funding Opportunity for Frankie Lemmon School!

Frankie Lemmon Mom, Melissa Matthews, is one of five finalists nationally in Ikea’s Life Improvement Contest! The winner of the contest will receive $100,000 to complete a project that will improve the lives of others. Melissa is a former kindergarten teacher and elementary school reading specialist and a mother of three. Melissa’s second son, Aidan, has Down Syndrome and attends Frankie Lemmon School, a preschool for children with special needs in Raleigh.

As part of the Life Improvement Project, Melissa hopes to purchase additional technology and software for the students at Frankie Lemmon School, to fund advanced training in teaching technologies for FLS educators, to fund programs that extend the reach of FLS to more children with special needs in our community and to create an online resource for teachers and parents of children with special needs. This project would be life-changing for the children at Frankie Lemmon School, many of whom use touch-screen iPads to communicate their needs to their families and teachers, as well as to current and future teachers of young children with special needs.

You Can Help!

The winner of the contest will be determined by a public online vote on Ikea’s contest website. Voting begins November 28 and ends December 23.

During these dates, website visitors will be given the opportunity to select their favorite entry to determine the winner by following the online instructions. The first time you submit a vote, you will receive an email to the email address submitted and will be required to click on the link in the email and confirm your email address in order for your vote to be valid. There is a limit of one vote per email address per day. Please spread the word! Melissa’s project is “Special Technology for Special Kids.”

In order for Melissa and Frankie Lemmon School to win we must have the largest number of electronic votes. Please join us in voting once a day between now and December 23rd.

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