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Mississippi Strong: The Little Light House

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Little Light House has some big plans, and if they are to achieve them, then a lot of us are going to have to step up to the plate and give a little so they can keep living big.

There may be some who aren’t familiar with the Little Light House and what it does. Well, when you poke your head into the classrooms you will see lots of little ones engaged in lots of activities.

Here’s one who has just Tuesday learned to stand up on her own for the first time.  And other little milestones everywhere. And I found several budding photographers who wanted to help me out.

Fran Patterson is the Director of the Little Lighthouse. She puts it very succinctly what they are all about.

"The Little Light House is a Christian Developmental Preschool for children ages birth to six with special needs," said Little Lighthouse Director Fran Patterson.  "And we provide trans-disciplinary services, meaning therapeutic and academic Christian based services for families tuition free.

I hope that “tuition free” part didn’t slip past you. That means a couple of things. One, the Little Light House needs our assistance. Everything from donated cleaning supplies to monetary donations.

And in addition, they have the occasional fundraiser. One of them is coming up, the Little Light House Tees for Tots Golf Tournament at Castlewoods May 18. Go to the Little Light House of Central Mississippi’s website for information or call them. And here’s another way you can help. Like these dozen or so folks from Southern Farm Bureau, bring a group and come volunteer for a day or so.

"Because with kids with special needs, there’s so much more hands-on," added Fran. "And when we have volunteers in the room to help, our teachers are able to access the curriculum and really do more therapeutic work rather than to just taking kids to the bathroom and feeding them.

And Briarwood Presbyterian Church has given The Little Lighthouse of Central Mississippi space for years. Although on their wish list, the Light House would love to have a bigger building, which means a shorter waiting list because they could serve more youngsters. And maybe we can all somehow help make that a reality within a few years.

The Little Light House is living Mississippi Strong by helping special needs children get ready for the world.

The Little Light House is having a community luncheon two weeks from tomorrow, April 20, open to anyone who would like to come see the school. Just call them and let them know you are coming. (601-956-6131)

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