Petal's 3D school serves up a big "thank you"

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PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A school designed to meet the needs of educating children with dyslexia is saying a big  "thank you" to those who've helped make the school possible.

The 3D school in Petal opened it's doors to just more than 20 students back in 2008 and every year since then has opened it's doors to supporters for an annual breakfast appreciation.

The school, now serving about 50 students operates on tuition, grants and donations which is why support is a large driving force.

"One in ten children are dyslexic, 15 to 20 percent of the population. Dyslexia is not recognized as a special education issue so a lot of these children go under served. So, we established the school to serve children who have dyslexia," said school director Cena Holifield.

"This is the only school like this in the state so it says a lot about this community and this is a school that's about helping children that are not being helped otherwise. Dyslexia is a very unique problem and it's a unique problem for the children that come to this school," said State Representative Larry Byrd.

Right now the school serves children in second, third and fourth grade. The hope is to expand and include older children as well.

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