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New Little Light House building set to open first day of school

Little Light House new building opens in time for start of school

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Little Light House opens its new school August 24.

The school first opened its doors in 1972. The school is for children newborn up to six years old with physical and mental challenges that cause developmental delays.

"When they are here they receive low vision therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and then we have certified special education teachers," director of development Rachel Mouton said.

Mouton says the old school could only fit about 60 students, leaving the waiting list for the school with an average of 150 kids and a three-year wait.

"Expanding our facility our hope is to get these kiddos in here faster," Mouton said.

This $16.5 million project opened up more than 30 new spots for kids.

"It was all done debt free," Mouton said. "Little Light House founding principals is we don't move forward without funds, we don't take out loans, so it is truly from the generosity of the Tulsa community and the foundation."

The school is filled with activities for children with all needs ranging from vision and sensory to autism.

"It just brings tears to your eyes know that God has provided for every need," Mouton said.

Mouton says they are working to raise $2.5 million to renovate the old school, but for now, she says they are ecstatic to have a new, bigger facility.

"We have opened this new building and we have eight large classes as you can see and they are fully furnished by the generous donation of one of our foundations, we have an extra large therapy gym where the kiddos can work on their gross motor skills," Mouton said.

She says they have been working on the new school for eight years and says she is thrilled for it to finally open in just 12 days.

"Overwhelmed and blessed and awed and joyful," Mouton said.

Mouton is asking people to come volunteer over the next 12 days to help get them ready for the first day of school.

If you would like to volunteer contact Channing Pope at cpope@littlelighthouse.org

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