DCCS Ribbon Cutting Speech from BOD President, Laura Kay Berry

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Thank you for joining us here today.  My name is Laura Kay Berry, and I am Chairman of the Board for Dynamic Community Charter School.  I’d like to start off by recognizing Diane Morris for her vision of a better approach to educating our children.  Without the tireless efforts of Diane and our tremendous Board members, we would not be standing here.  They crafted that vision into the school we are standing in front of today.

I’d like each of our board members to introduce themselves, as we would not be here without their dedication and sacrifice.  Remarkably, most of our Board members do not have a student attending Dynamic Community, but they believed in our vision for your children.

If you have read our lengthy charter school application, you will understand how amazing it is that we laid the groundwork and foundation and filed our comprehensive charter school application just three months from the first informational meeting in November of 2012.

I feel fortunate to have been at that meeting.  Many of us recognized that the current public school approach was not working for our children.   In the words of William Butler Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”

We dared to dream that educating children with special needs could be better accomplished; that there was a more appropriate approach to reach our students and uncap their true potential.  It isn’t rocket science, folks. Rather, Dynamic Community was built by a core group of parents, teachers, therapists, and volunteers who understood our principles of project based learning, individualized competency goals, and collaborative problem solving.

These principles are not new.  Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me, and I forget; teach me, and I may remember; involve me, and I learn.”  Dynamic Community offers a hands on approach that can be customized and tailored for our students individualized learning styles while teaching them to work collaboratively with peers.

As we jump into this year, we look forward to seeing our students’ growth and accomplishments and ask for your continued support as we continue to develop our community.  We have many events planned including our 2nd Annual Icing on the Cake Gift and Craft Show on November 22nd and a fantastic gala in late winter.

While the Board laid the groundwork and foundation, our Community does not stop there.  Our parents and students stepped forth this summer with your time, efforts, resources, and donations to ensure we were ready to open our doors.  You jumped into our Dynamic Community and helped make our dream a reality, and we are grateful for your efforts and for allowing us the privilege of educating your children.

Among us today are many of the businesses and individuals who helped transform this building from an empty shell to a vibrant school, often at reduced or no cost.  Thank you for your tremendous efforts to ensure we were ready to open.

The newest addition to our Community is our faculty and staff.  It is been my honor and pleasure to work alongside these amazing educators as we transition the school from an approval on paper to a working reality.  Our faculty and staff have everything we would want in those educating our children: passion, dedication, patience, and compassion.  With the full support of our Dynamic Community behind them, they will help us unlock our children’s true potential.

And finally, I’d like to thank the students of Dynamic Community.  You are the heart and soul of our Dynamic Dragons, and we are so thankful and grateful to have you here today and every day.

Welcome to our Dynamic Community.

Now, I’d like introduce Mike Watkins our Lead Administrator.  His enthusiasm and dedication to our kids and our vision are exactly what we need and we are grateful for his willingness to join our Dynamic Community.

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