A fundraiser is set for Oct. 26 to raise dollars for a Baton Rouge charter school that serves students with dyslexia.
The school, Louisiana Key Academy, has 320 students in grades 1-6.
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Students with dyslexia have trouble reading and recognizing words.
"Dyslexia affects one in five individuals," said Heather Bourgeois, principal of the school.
"It affects many people that you know, and we have answers about what to do for students," Bourgeois said.
The gathering is set for Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, and coincides with National Dyslexia Awareness Month.
The theme is "Unmasking Dyslexia."
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at www.unmaskdyslexia.com.
A spokeswoman said the 2016 event was used to introduce the school and its mission to potential donors and resulted in a capital campaign of more than $1 million.
This year's event will include food, an open bar, bourbon tasting and music by Carbon Copy Band.
Former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman, who won five national championships, will be on hand as well as Laura Cassidy, president of the board that oversees the school.
Dr. Laura Cassidy is the wife of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge.
Charter schools are public schools run by non-governmental boards.
Louisiana Key Academy, like other public schools, is funded by the state through the Minimum Foundation Program.
Bourgeois said money raised will supplement specialized services, including 90 minutes per day of instruction for students working with a dyslexia specialist. "That is the key to becoming fluent readers," she said.
The fundraiser is the fourth of its kind since the school opened in 2013.
The academy initially served students from kindergarten through second grade.
Officials eventually plan to educate students from grades 1-8.