This weekend, people can celebrate Mother’s Day early while also helping raise scholarships funds for Lighthouse Christian School, at the annual Learning Assistance Program breakfast fundraiser.
“Basically, this allows help to families that have a desire to send their students to Lighthouse Christian School. It helps us keep it open to more families,” said Lighthouse Director Terri Menoche of the Learning Assistance Program.
The breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Dagsboro Church of God Ignite building. Attendees can enjoy pancakes or French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, tea or milk, all prepared by Ocean View Family Restaurant.
“Ocean View Family Restaurant always chips in and donates,” said Rudy Viguie, whose wife, Pat, is the event planner for the school.
Tickets for the breakfast cost $6 for adults or $3 for children 2 to 12. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event. For those who can’t dine-in, take-out is also available.
“We have families of Lighthouse that serve, and then we have some of the students that come who will clean off tables, or maybe refill your drink — that sort of thing,” said Menoche. “They assist us in keeping the tables clean, but they don’t actually serve the food.”
This is the fourth year of the breakfast fundraiser, which will help 15 families attend the school.
“Normally, it ranges from 15 to 20 different families per year,” Menoche explained. “Sometimes it’s used for emergency situations. If a family falls upon hard times — a job change happens — sometimes it can bridge a gap. There are a lot of emergency-type situations where this can help be one less thing to worry about when you’re trying to get so many other things back in order.”
Lighthouse Christian currently has 160 students and educates students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade.
“I would say it’s important to make sure, academically, they have a good, sound education, but also spiritually they’re grounded in the Word so they can grow up to be folks who are impacting their community for the good,” she said.
“It takes spiritual, it takes manners, it takes character, discipline, obedience, respect — it’s all of those things we try to do in partnership with our families. So that they’re not just hearing it from mom and dad, they’re hearing it from other places. It’s all those amazing, little things that add up to big-deal things as we grow up and live out this life to the best that we can.”
Lighthouse is going into its 22nd year of educating Sussex County students — something Menoche said was a great honor.
“Someone told me one time before, they had given a donation that started our Learning Assistance Program, and he’d said, ‘There’s no greater payback than putting into a child.’ Meaning, he could put the money into CDs or the money markets and all these things., but there is no greater dividend than what he was able to sew into a child. And I just thought, ‘That’s a really neat way to look at your finances. That’s really amazing.’”
For those who cannot attend the breakfast but still wish to contribute to the Learning Assistance Program, Menoche said donations may be made through the school’s website or by telephone.
Menoche said the breakfasts have been well-attended in the past and she hopes the community will continue to show their support.
“Praise the Lord — hopefully, it will be well-attended, and it will meet the needs, whatever those needs are.”
For more information about Lighthouse Christian School, visit www.lighthousechristianschool.com or call (302) 732-3309. Dagsboro Church of God is located at 28157 Lighthouse Crossing, on Route 113 in Dagsboro.
By Maria Counts