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As a parent I am working to inform every South Carolinian about the new Educational Credit for Exceptional Needs Children (ECENC) tax credit scholarship program. Through June 30, 2014, individuals and companies can “redirect” up to 60% of their 2014 South Carolina tax liability to benefit K-12 “special needs” scholarships.

Not only do donors support a very worthy cause, most donors receive net tax benefits (i.e., profit) for the good deed. These K-12 scholarships enable children with learning disabilities (differences) to attend a school where they can flourish and succeed. My son, Tobias, has dyslexia and ADHD. He is the sharpest little boy but was unable grasp and learn in a traditional learning environment.

He was failing first grade and the doctors recommended he be put on antidepressants. Although I could always solve any issue put before me, but I could not solve my sons. Tobias started attending Camperdown Academy in February 2013 and it was like a light switch was turned on for the first time. Within six weeks, Tobias was able to sound out words and began reading and writing sentences.

The SC legislature has made $8 million of tax credits available for this program through June 30, 2014. Over $1.1 million has already been claimed and 123 scholarships have already been granted by Palmetto Kids FIRST Scholarship Program. However hundreds of children like Tobias all across SC still need your help.

Please support this worthy cause by visiting www.palmettokidsFIRST.org and donating today.

Michelle Lefeld


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