The Fundraising Page of Elijah Seikel
A Message From Elijah Seikel
Hi, my name is Elijah, but my friends call me Eli. Did you know that I attend a school called The Little Light House? It's a really great school where they do what's called Early Intervention for my friends and me. It helps to get us with extra challenges ready for kindergarten.
It all started when my mommy and daddy found out that I have Down Syndrome before I was even born. One of their friends said, "You should get him on the waiting list for the Little Light House." So they did. At the time, the Little Light House taught 64 kids every year, but they were raising money to expand and two years later, when they could accept 96 students, I got the 96th spot! That was three years ago and since then the therapists, teachers and volunteers at The Little Light House have taught me things that my parents didn't think I'd learn until I was much older. I already can count to twenty and I know all my letters, upper case and lower case! Everyone says I am so smart. The Little Light House also makes their Christian based curriculum available for anyone to use for free and educators come from all around the world to learn their methods for free. And even though the Little Light House spends about $30,000 per student they don't charge for tuition either because many families of children with special needs children have extra medical, therapeutic or equipment costs. All of their funding comes from private donations and they've raised enough that this year they met their goal of being able to accept 128 of the most special students in the Tulsa area! That's amazing! But it costs a lot of money to run our school so they ask families to help fund raise. So maybe you can give $10, $20 or $50. Maybe your company will match what you give. If you pay Oklahoma state taxes, you can even get a 50%-75% tax credit for your donation! Just ask my parents how. Regardless of how or how much you give, every dollar is well spent. Guidestar.org even gave the Little Light House a platinum rating for their financial transparency. So, I hope you will consider donating and keeping my school in your prayers.