DC students getting free trip to Kings Dominion after being left out of school trip

A story we reported about two D.C. teenagers who were left out of a school trip because there was no transportation that could accommodate their wheelchairs has gotten the attention of many of our FOX 5 viewers.

Laraven Gaymon and Derrick Simms left quite an impression and Gaymon has a message back to all those looking to help them.

"Thank you so much for doing that because it shows me that you really care and my gratitude cannot be expressed enough," she said.

The teenagers graduated earlier this week from H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast D.C. Both of them have cerebral palsy and both are honor students.

When we spoke with them Thursday, they were dealing with some bad news. They expected to go on a school trip to Kings Dominion. But on Thursday morning, a school employee called and told them the bus could not accommodate people with disabilities.

Kings Dominion spokesperson Katelyn Curry saw their story.

"I started watching it and it almost made me tear up," Curry said.

Now, Kings Dominion and Reston Limousine Service are teaming up to help Gaymon and Simms travel down there for a fun day at the theme park.

"Whoa, that would be great," Gaymon reacted to this surprise news.

Their trip will happen soon.

"Here at Kings Dominion, we're all about fun," said Curry. "We want to provide people with the best day ever. The fact they got to miss out on that, I just instantly thought we needed to do something, we needed to help and bring them down here."

Will Gaymon have fun at her trip to Kings Dominion?

"I believe we will and I can eat all the funnel cake that I want," she told us.

A D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman said a last-minute change by the bus company created the problem in the first place.

There was an official senior trip to Six Flags scheduled for Friday with a bus that is handicapped accessible. Gaymon and Simms chose not to go, but they are feeling the love from people who have heard their story.

"It shows me that my hard work didn't go unnoticed," said Gaymon.

She said even though school is out, she has learned something.

"I'm really considering doing what people suggested for me to do, which is be an advocate for people with disabilities all around," she said.

Next up for her is college and the journey is just beginning.

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