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Save The Wright School

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The economy is hard on us all right now, but the Governor of North Carolina is making a mistake. You can help. We can save the Wright School. The Wright School is a re-education temporary residential school located in Durham. The school serves children from all 100 counties in North Carolina. They opened in 1963 and have been helping children and their families for 46 years. The Wright School's mission statement is: WrightSchool provides best practice, cost effective residential mental health treatment to North Carolina's children, ages six to twelve, with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. Supports each child's family and community in building the capacity to meet children's special needs in the home, school, and local community. Wright School serves children with challenging and troubling behaviors. Behaviors that parents, schools, and communities describe as dangerous, oppositional, aggressive, violatile, unmanageable, and which have historically proved resistant to other treatments and interventions. Wright School's program has proven equally effective regardless of sex, race, diagnoses, home community, or family factors. A research study ,completed in collaboration with Duke University in 2006, shows that Wright School's treatment DOES make a difference for children. Findings of that study show substantial and significant decreases in problem behaviors such as aggression. Substantial improvements in the child's personal strengths. Such as positive school and academic behaviors and emotional well being. The study also showed that these improvements last beyond discharge from the program. At the least, improvements last six months, and much longer for most children. Customer satisfaction with Wright School is excellent. Ninety-five percent of parents like the services their child received. Ninety-five percent were satisfied with the Wright School's staff and the program as a whole. Ninety-five percent would recommend Wright School to family and friends. One-hundred percent of parents said that the staff believed their child could grow, change and get better. And most significantly, ninety-five percent said they would choose Wright School EVEN IF THERE WERE OTHER CHOICES. As I said that is the most significant statement I have made. There are no other choices in North Carolina. If the school is closed parents will be left without any other options. To let this occur would be a tragedy. Please help me send a message to Raliegh. Help me show our legislation that we care about the future of all children. Help me SAVE THE WRIGHT SCHOOL.


My name is Kelly Parsons and I am sponsoring this petition. I am the mother of two disabled children whom have attended the Wright School. My son attended ten years ago. My daughter attended two years ago. Both of my children still benefit from there time spent at the Wright School. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you would like to help. My e-mail is


The Wright School web address is: please visit to learn more about the school. To find the name and contact information of your local legislator go to: Contact you legislator and tell him/her to help save Wright School.
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