Regardless of our views on election 2016, we can surely agree on this: All children deserve a quality education. But we must do more to make sure they get it. For more and more families, this goal is already becoming reality through the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This state-funded scholarship has given my own children a chance to attend Azalea Mountain School.
Before enrolling at Azalea Mountain School, my oldest son struggled at his public school. He needed individualized instruction, but his school was unable to provide it. The school culture was not inclusive, and he did not feel accepted by his teachers or peers.
Now, he loves his new school. He has grown academically and socially. My youngest son, a kindergartner, is just beginning his academic journey, but I feel confident that he is on a path to success. Both boys feel challenged by their schoolwork and supported by their teachers. They love learning.
We are where we are because of opportunity. Without the Opportunity Scholarship, my children would not be able to attend Azalea Mountain School. There are many other families like mine across the state. I want them to know about this program that I learned about through Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. I want to tell these families that the Opportunity Scholarship can change their children’s lives for the better. My family is proof of that.
— Perrie Ramey