Little Lights Urban Ministries

2006 Summer Newsletter

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Little Lights Times To fully accept the acceptance of God and to spread love to those perishing without it. Volume 6, Issue 1 In This Issue: • Letter from Steve • Dwaine Brown • Academic Leaps • Financial Update • Hard Times • Welcome you to my Poem • Camp Heaven • Ministry House Support • Summer Reading • Youth Retreat Make a Difference • Hope Center Thanks Celebrate our 10th year as a volunteer HomeworkClub Safe & supportive study time Tue/Wed/Thu 4:30-6:30pm Reading & Math Heroes One-on-one study program Tue & Thu 6:30-8:00pm Girls' Night Group devotion & activities Wed 6:30-8:00pm Boys' Night Group devotion & activities Wed 6:30-8:30pm Tiny Lights Stories & fun for ages 5-8 Fri 4:30-6:00pm Choir Practice Singing, dancing, worship Fri 4:30-6:00pm YouthNight Focusing on teen issues Fri 6:00-8:00pm Mentoring Life skills, communication, & encouragement. Contact Info: Phone: 202-548-4021 Summer 2006 LETTER FROM STEVE Donovan Tolson, a participant in Little Lights programs and a resident of Potomac Gardens housing, departed to be with Jesus on the Saturday before this past Easter. He was seven tender years old. The accident that took his life happened the Wednesday prior while he was playing with his best friend. He swallowed a small whistle that was inside of a larger broken toy whistle. He lost air for many minutes as other kids near him did not know what had happened to him. Donovan had already overcome so much in his young life. His birth mother gave him away to foster care at the hospital when he was only two weeks old. She had been struggling with a drug addiction and likely, Donovan himself was born addicted. He was "adopted" by a Mrs. Inman who would later move into Potomac Gardens. We got to know Donovan when he was five years old. He struggled with his behavior when he first arrived. He would get into skirmishes with other boys and girls his age. He had a hard time following directions. This past fall, he dropped out of programs for awhile. He returned to programs this past January when Ms. Bonita, one of our part-time staff, recruited him to return. Ms. Bonita, a neighborhood pied piper for elementary school age kids, took Donovan to school every morning. continued on page 4 it takes heart to fulfill dreams by Jen Korth I have volunteered and been on staff with Little Lights since 1999, and that is when I first met a young boy with a bright smile named Dwaine Brown. Seven years later, this young man now stands taller than me and is about to graduate from New School for Enterprise and Development Public Charter School. Dwaine and I had the chance to chat recently and to reflect on his years with Little Lights and his expectations of college next year. JK: "What school are you going to attend?" DB: "I want to go to Norfolk State in Virginia, but my second choice is Central State in Ohio. I have been accepted to Central State University, Potomac State College, and University of DC." JK: "What are your expectations this year?" DB: "To make the Dean's List, excel in athletics—to play football and possibly basketball." JK: "What do you want to study?" DB: "Physical education for mainly coaching and training. JK: "What grades would you want to coach?" DB: "High school football & basketball." JK: "What are your plans for the summer?" continued on page 3

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