parents of a Mt. Olive girl are confident their daughter, who suffers
from Down's Syndrome, will be ready for a normal school environment
because of the services provided by The University of Southern Mississippi's
Children's Center for Communication and Development.
Tony Gray are seeing vast improvement in the communication skills
their daughter Savannah, 4, has gained since receiving early intervention
services at the center.
of the love, caring, and teaching Savannah has received, she now
has an excellent lease on the rest of her life," said Stacey
Gray. Gray began attending the center at the age of 7 months, and
along with 50 other special needs children throughout Mississippi,
receives services at the center that include special education,
occupational and physical therapy, and speech-language therapy.
Gray will transition
into the Simpson County school district this fall, and her mother
believes she is ready for her new school. "We are so thankful
for our extended family at The Children's Center," said Tony
is currently supporting The Children's Center in a one-time major
fund-raising campaign. The center is selling raffle tickets for
a donated Browning B-80 12-gauge Ducks Unlimited shotgun still in
its case. Monies received from this raffle and generous donations
will be combined to help the center raise $350, 000 to modify building
space to make it appropriate for their very special children, graduate
students, families, and trainees. These modifications will allow
the center to continue to make a difference in the lives of the
children it serves and the thousands of children who will ultimately
be served by the graduates and practitioners receiving training
for this very special population.
If you would
like to help The Children's Center, raffle tickets may be purchased
from the following: Broadhead's Do-It Center, Walker Taxidermy,
Music City Instruments, 49 Quick Stop, Kennedy Food Center, and
Sullivan Enterprises Inc. To give a tax-deductible donation, contact
the center at (601) 266-5222.