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SPRING 2016

THE BEACON THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE LITTLE LIGHT HOUSE

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Meet the 21 students graduating from the Little Light House this spring!

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CLASSROOM CORNER

LET'S FINISH THIS, TULSA!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Learn how one teacher at LLH is sharing her love for fine art with her students.

If you could change a child's future for only $25, would you do it?

Ruthanne McLaughlan is an adorable 4 year old student at the LLH, but she is much more than her cute smile.


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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: RUTHANNE MCLAUGHLAN

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CLASS OF 2016: MEET THIS YEAR'S LLH GRADUATES

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FINISHING WHAT WE'VE STARTED: A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE

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5 THINGS YOU MISSED IF YOU WEREN'T AT THE GARDEN PARTY

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ALUMNI NEWS: A LETTER FROM KATY WILLIAMS

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CLASSROOM CORNER: EXPOSURE TO FINE ART

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GLOBAL IMPACT: SHINING OUR LIGHT ACROSS THE WORLD

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GET INVOLVED! SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

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HONORARIUMS & MEMORIALS

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EVENT CALENDAR

Executive Director THE BE

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Jean Winfrey

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Spring 2016

Founder

Marcia Mitchell

Board of Directors

Kim Burnett Phil Mitchell Tou Chang Jim Morella Wayne Choisnet Deanne Nunn Megan Faylor Andrew Ragsdale Arthur Greeno Barbara Sicka Noell Greeno Brian Tims Christina McEndarfer Eric Wedelbo Marcia Mitchell Denise Wright

Guest Photographers

Jenny White Photography John McLaughlan

Managing Editor Molly Brooks

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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEAN WINFREY

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9

Dear Friends, We hope that you enjoy reading your copy of The Beacon as a magazine for the very first time. You know as well as many that the lives being touched by the Little Light House are shining testimonies of God's love. As our ministry is expanding, so are our stories. It is only right that we share these stories with you, because you've played a large role in writing them. In this issue, we look forward to sharing stories of hope. Whether it be stories about our impact in special needs communities around the world or a kind thank you letter from an alumni, it is evident that the impact of the Little Light House is far larger than we could have ever dreamed. As always, we welcome you to stop by for a visit soon. If you have been here before, we would love to welcome an old friend. If you have never come to the Little Light House, well, be prepared for your life to change forever in the best way possible. We hope to see you soon! Jean Winfrey Executive Director


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:

RUTHANNE by Andrea McLaughlan

On April 16th, 2011, Ruthanne Cassandra McLauchlan was born at Hillcrest Medical Center. Both her father and I were terrified she was not moving or breathing. The nurses immediately rushed her to the NICU. We didn’t know what to think or do. When we first saw her, she was hooked up to tubes, had her hands frozen into fists, and her body was in a binding to keep her arms and legs from frogging out. We weren’t even allowed to touch her on that first visit. The doctor told us that she had aspirated miconium into her lungs, but they had been able to remove it. They had her hooked up to a machine to help her breath. With a history of Myotonic Dystrophy in the family, they took blood for a DNA test and we started the 3 week wait for the results.

I spent most of the day at the NICU with Ruthanne. Then we got the results: Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Type I. I was heartbroken and guilt stricken. I felt like it was my fault because she had gotten it from me, my DNA. Everyone kept saying it wasn’t my fault, but it didn’t change the way I felt. After the diagnosis, the doctor told us the prognosis; she may never walk, talk and most likely would have severe mental delay. It was not encouraging. I felt overwhelmed not knowing what to do or how to prepare. However, people in our church, our parents’ churches, the Abundant Life Prayer Group and many others had been praying since the day she was born, and now they banded together, praying against this prognosis and believing for a miracle.

Ruthanne has been to the hospital more times than she can count to, but she's not slowing down. In fact, she's just getting started.

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“Ruthanne doesn't let her illnesses stop her. She reminds me each day that God can do anything.”

When Ruthanne was 6 months old, our Sooner Start PT mentioned Little Light House. I had heard the name when a classmate of mine at ORU did their practicum there, but didn’t know anything about it. Our PT told us she thought Ruthanne would really benefit from attending the LLH. We called and scheduled a tour and by the end knew we wanted our daughter to go there. We got her put on the waiting list right away. After eighteen long months of waiting, I got a phone call that Ruthanne had reached the top of the waiting list at Little Light House. I couldn’t believe it; she wasn’t even two yet. I had mixed feelings, on one hand I was excited, but on the other I wasn’t sure I was ready to send my little girl to school.

She was still my baby. They said she would be starting in August in the Yellow Class. We were a little concerned since Ruthanne was nonverbal and only communicated by crying and pointing. LLH said that was fine and typical for many of her classmates. So in August, off went Ruthanne to school with her walker and her in-home nurse (to do suctioning, feeds and in case of medical emergencies). I was amazed at the progress she made. By Mini-Laps in September, she was able to make a whole lap around the track with her walker. In January (only five months after starting), the staff told me she didn’t need to have the walker at school anymore. My daughter was walking without a walker, something the doctor said she would probably never do. She was also beginning to communicate, learning many signs as well as making some small sounds. Our Sooner Start Speech Therapist worked with us to get a speaking valve for Ruthanne’s trach to make it easier for her to vocalize. Ruthanne kept growing by leaps and bounds even though she missed some school due to illness and several hospitalizations. The Speech Therapist at the Little Light House started teaching Ruthanne to use an iPad for communication. The app was very expensive to purchase, but the Little Light House was able to help us get a grant so Ruthanne could continue to grow her speech. Ruthanne doesn’t let her illnesses stop her. She reminds me each day that God can do anything and nothing is too hard for Him. He is not confined by a medical diagnosis. Every time a doctor says they cannot believe how far Ruthanne has come, I thank God. As to what the future holds, I know this little girl is going to continue to amaze people, achieve great things and succeed all throughout her life. I am thankful for all that the Little Light House has done for Ruthanne and our family. They continually give us support and love and give Ruthanne the tools she will need to succeed. I am so excited to see what God has planned for Ruthanne and our whole family!

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AHMED OSMAN

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But let all who take refuge in you be glad ; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you. " Psalm 5:11

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ETHAN BARTON

ALYSSA BORENS

3 YRS AT LLH

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I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. " Psalm 139:14 "

ELLIE BENANZER 4 YRS AT LLH And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16 "

" The Lord is my strength and my shield ; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices ; and with my song will I praise him. " Psalm 28:7

ROSA CARROLL

2 YRS AT LLH

" For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ' Abba! Father! '" Romans 8:15

ALEXANDRA BERNAL

MATTHEW ESPARZA

4 YRS AT LLH

4 YRS AT LLH

" Jesus said, let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. ” Matthew 19:14

"Rejoice in the Lord always. And again, I say rejoice!.” Philippians 4:4

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JACOB HUGHES

3 YRS AT LLH And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”James 5:15

PAIGE FLANARY

JOMALYN IMMI

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For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, Plans to give you hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11 “

And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom... ” Luke 2:40

JOY FOSTER 2 YRS AT LLH

TRA ANDRE JEFFERSON

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And those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." Isaiah 35:10 "

“ It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. ” 2 Samuel 22:33

JUSTIN HOLMAN

DERICK KENDRICKS 1 YR AT LLH

1 YR AT LLH “ Yet. O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter ; we are all the work of your hand. ” Isaiah 64:8

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It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. ” 2 Samuel 22:33


KADENCE LONG

EMILY MEEKS 3 YRS AT LLH

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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:14 "

"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" Matthew 19:26

MICAH JANE MARDIS

DANICA MILLER

4 YRS AT LLH

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart ; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take. " Proverbs 3:5 - 6

Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfailing beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God ' s sight. " 1 Peter 3:4

ROMAN MARSHALL

JENTRY MITCHELL

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Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one ’ s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate. " Psalm 127: 3 - 5

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

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DID YOU KNOW? When each of these graduates started their journey at the LLH, their families selected a Bible verse to represent the child's life and spirit. Please read their special verses and be encouraged!

ADDILYN ROBERTS

3 YRS AT LLH

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” John 9:1-3 “

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It's your morning coffee. It's half of your gym membership. And now, it's the future of our school. If you knew you could make a difference in the life of a child by giving $25 a month, would you do it? Last time we came to you in a time of need, you met the challenge with sacrificial giving. Now we are humbly asking, can you help us once more?

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THINGS YOU MISSED IF YOU WEREN ' T A T THE G A RDEN P A RTY The Garden Party took place on April 16, 2016. The Tulsa community joined hearts, hands and hats with the Little Light House in an effort to raise funds necessary to continue providing state-of-the-art services to children with special needs. If you were unable to attend, here are the top five things you need to know about this year's event!

FIRE TRUCK PLAYHOUSE

They did it again! Kenny Easton, Wayne Farabough, Lloyd Umber, Jim McKellar, Shaun Smith, Tom Barbour, and Chris Myers teamed up to custom design and build a fabulous playhouse for the Garden Party, This year, it was a fire truck. Watching it sell in the live auction was a sight to see! Tears of joy spread around the room as the playhouse sold for $150,000!

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GIANT PUZZLE-FOR TULSA & BEYOND! When we say giant, we mean it! Each puzzle piece represented a pledge to help the LLH renovate our current facility. As pieces were removed, one-by-one, the faces of children on the waiting list were revealed. With help from generous friends, LLH will be able to broaden its impact in Tulsa and beyond! Wish you could have seen the puzzle? Look for it at upcoming events, such as Links for Little Ones.

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SWEETS GALORE Nothing is sweeter than giving back...but cupcakes, cookies, and cakes taste pretty sweet too! Bakeries from Tulsa and surrounding areas donated delectable treats for this year's Garden Party guests. Fun fact: The LLH founder, Marcia Mitchell, is a talented cake designer. Some of the cakes our guests took home were baked with her extra special LLH love!

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FURRY FRIENDS Over one hundred darling stuffed animals were donated to the Garden Party by the Bearington Collection. Guests who donated an "adoption fee" simultaneously supported transdisciplinary therapy services for children at the LLH!

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CAN YOU SAY "KENDRA SCOTT? Color-infused Kendra Scott jewelry is being sold around the globe at top retailers and hundreds of specialty boutiques. This year, Garden Party attendees had the opportunity to wear a beautiful piece home after an all-too-fun jewelry pull!

Platinum Sponsors | H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust | The Hale Family Foundation Gold Key Sponsors | Mike Hughes Architects | RL Hudson

Silver Key Sponsors | Donald and Linda Carter | John and Carole Nikkel | Matrix Service Company |M&M Lumber Company Bronze Key Sponsors | Jenni Burkitt, DDS | John and Lynette Calvert | Phil and Marcia Mitchell | Dr. and Mrs Richard Mills | Robert and Deborah Krumme | Sharon King Davis Brass Key Sponsors | Alan and Felicia Stark | Arthur and Noell Greeno | Blue Cross & Blue Shield of OK | Burnett Windows and Siding | First Bank and Trust of Wagoner | Gene and Sherran Herris | KWB Oil Property Mgmt, Inc. | They Lay Family Foundation | Tom and Julia Ann Lawson | TTCU

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FINE ART

& MUSIC EDUCATION

By Julie Harrelson, Green Class Teacher

Last year, the Little Light House classrooms had a delightful young lady visit and perform Music Therapy with our kids. She was an intern, and did a great job. We were so blessed to have her. After her time was over, I began to think about the role that music plays in our lives and how I would like that to reflect in my own class. I cannot say I am a Music Therapist, but this is my own version of fine arts exposure for my beautiful children. A little about my personal exposure to fine art…I was fortunate to grow up in a family that enjoyed art and music. My mother is an amazing watercolor artist. My sister was a French hornist, attended TU for music and later became a music teacher. I heard beautiful music from an early age, and I have always enjoyed beautiful art as well.

As a special education teacher, I wanted to share this with my students. Our first run at Music Therapy was so much fun. It went a little like this… Look & Learn Pyotr Tchaikovsky – we showed the kids a lovely picture of this brilliant man. Swan Lake- the children were shown pictures of four ballerinas dancing in unison. Watch The children were asked to touch the picture, which was linked to a video showing the actual dance. Participate It was our turn! My class was allowed to move around while watching or stay seated and enjoy.

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You may wonder why I believe this is important for our children at the Little Light House. The answer is: MANY reasons! There have been studies done for years about the role music plays in the development of our brain, including links between listening to music and increased math skills. Though we are not collecting research on whether or not this is the case at LLH, I can observe the changes in my students when they're listening to music. For example, students who are verbally and physically limited communicate their interest by intently focusing on sounds or vibrations. When our kids listen to music, they love to dance. Dancing is a beautiful form of exercise. Many of our students are children with Down syndrome. Low muscle tone is a characteristic for children with Down syndrome. Movement and exercise is such an important element for our children to strengthen their muscles.

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I absolutely love to see my class truly enjoying fine art. They express their enjoyment in many ways. This might look like our own version of Swan Lake, with them dancing around the room in tutus, or it might include us using instruments to play along with the Marine Corps Band as they play “Stars and Stripes Forever.” For our students who are physically limited, adaptions can easily be made for them to join in with the class band. For example, we have used an xylophone APP to allow students to play along using an iPad. For our students with visual impairments, listening to music can be soothing. OR, a musical selection can perk our students right up! It all depends on the style of music. Right now, Green Class is studying the acapella style of music. We would love for you to join us in our fun as a classroom volunteer, but don’t worry we won’t make you perform alone! If you would like to get involved but cannot volunteer, we are currently looking for tutus and play instruments to add to our fun.


WHAT'S BEING SAID URSULA Program Director, Sunbeam Day Center Johvi, Estonia

"My experiences from LLH are good to use at Sunbeam. I got to spend time with

SHINGING OUR LIGHT AROUND THE WORLD In March, the Little Light House sent two staff members to Celebrating Teachers, a teachers conference in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The conference had nearly 2,800 attendees from all over Honduras. LLH staff members, Linda Steed and Gloria Cardamone, partnered with former purple class teacher Kerry Tanis to speak to this group about different topics including LLH's trans-disciplinary approach to learning and our Bible-Based Curriculum, Head to Toe, Heart and Soul. After the conference, the LLH team traveled to Hope School in Morozan, Honduras where they spent five days serving children with special needs, their teachers, and their families. Have you ever wondered what the ministry component of our global impact trips look like, outside of professional training? Here are some of the principles and scriptures we use to structure global ministry, especially in light of serving children with special needs. 1. A child with special needs is loved and accepted by Jesus.

Sherry and Lauren when I was at LLH in April. I gained new knowledge about communication devices & information for our children with vision challenges. I am thankful for you all."

GLORIA Red Class Teacher & Director of Curriculum The Little Light House

"After visiting Hope School, it's obvious the teachers have such heart for their kids, and a mind set of, "we're doing this." I had fun showing their staff how to incorporate Biblical teachings into their lessons and make the stories come alive!"

LINDA Physical Therapist & Director of Global Impact The Little Light House

"I love meeting people and hearing their hearts for people with special

2. The children we work with may take a little longer and need more help to reach their developmental milestones, but the hard work and time put in are worth it. 3. We know they often surpass expectations. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.� Luke 18:16 "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalms 139:14

needs. I enjoy getting to understand others' needs and helping them with the tools and resources they need to overcome everyday challenges." T H E

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SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM SUMMER SESSION DATES: June 13th through July 20th TRAINING: June 1ST OR June 7TH, Noon-2 p.m. To apply, please visit www.classy.org/LLHsummerapprenticeship2016 or go to our website at www.littlelighthouse.org and select "Volunteer" under our "Get Involved" tab. Must be 14 years of age to apply. Applications must be completed and returned by May 30th, 2016. Learn more and gain hands on experience working with children with special needs in the following fields: SPEECH THERAPY NURSING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY LOW VISION THERAPY SPECIAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL THERAPY 1 7

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HONORARIUMS AND MEMORIALS In Honor of Jacob Lane Peterson

In Memory of Jack Brown

In Honor of Kelley Green

In Memory of Jack Garrison

In Honor of Lane Peterson

In Memory of Letha Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lundin

Dr. and Mrs. James Green, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kellenberger

In Honor of the Soderfelt Family Mr. and Mrs. Leon Burzynski

In Honor of Wayne Richardson Pauline and Grover Anderson

In Memory of “Dr. Dan”

Mr. and Mrs. Don Plunket

In Memory of Cheyenne Collins Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Collins

In Memory of Danny Bartlett

Mrs. Georgia Kendall Ms. Elizabeth Milan Mrs. Mary Marvin

In Memory of Lillian Schwerzel Reagan Siegfried Mrs. Dawn Buchan Mr. Dick Bendel

In Memory of Margaret Mills Mrs. Helen Reecher Ms. Jan Edwards

In Memory of Myra Bright

Mr. and Mrs. Shane Richards

Crusaders Sunday School: Will Rogers Methodist Church

In Memory of Susie Schreiner

In Memory of Darline Lansford

In Memory of Theda Cunningham

Mr. and Mrs. John Rogan Mr. Tom Montgomery

In Memory of Dick Scott

Mr. and Mrs. David Robbins

In Memory of Dr. Jerry Hopkins Stephen Hopkins

In Memory of Fay Underwood T & L Consulting, Inc.

In Memory of Helen Morie Ms. Jo Anne Cronk

Mrs. B. Waychoff, Jr. Mary A Kramer

In Memory of Vicki Grant Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nash

In Memory of Ward Edwards Mr. and Mrs. James Morella

In Memory of Ginny Gamble Mr. and Mrs. Brant Gamble T H E

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY JULY LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE BREAK GRADUATION APPLICATIONS DUE FOR SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

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LLH CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY LAST DAY OF SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

AUGUST 11

MOVING DAY! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MOVE TO THE NEW BUILDING

LINKS FOR LITTLE ONES

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SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP ORIENTATION

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SEPTEMBER

SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP BEGINS COMMUNITY LUNCEON HOSTED BY GREEN CLASS

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1ST DAY OF 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

BUILDING DEDICATION CEREMONY 12:30 P.M. MINI-LAPS

Feel like you're always forgetting LLH events? Cut it out! Cut this calendar out of your copy of The Beacon and put it somewhere visible like your fridge! 1 9

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A CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

In all of your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ­Psalm 3:6

Non-discriminatory Policy The Little Light House, Inc is a non-profit Christian Developmental Center for children with disabilities, age birth to six years of age. The Little Light House does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, color, race, national or ethnic origin, or medical diagnosis (unless the diagnosis affects the child’s ability to attend school on a regular basis) in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other school administered programs. Some behavioral conditions may be evaluated on an individual basis. The Little Light House assures that all children’s records will be maintained as confidential.

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