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Eric Douglas: Lighthouse of Learning is a beacon for kids

There’s a small private school in Charleston’s Elk District called the Lighthouse of Learning. It is essentially a one-room schoolhouse for middle and high school students.

But this private school isn’t for rich kids. It’s for kids who struggled in public schools or didn’t fit in.

Not everyone learns well in a public-school setting. My youngest daughter didn’t. She struggled terribly, but since she’s been attending Lighthouse, she has really blossomed.

Lighthouse works to keep their costs low, while giving the students a great education. They don’t sell cookies or donuts or wrapping paper. But they do hold the occasional fundraising event. One of them is this weekend.

From 4 to 8 pm, on Saturday, April 29, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (1000 Sixth St., Charleston), authors, artists and musicians will display their work during a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine. The cost is $25 per person and there will be a silent auction, as well. There’s no cost for artists and artisans to participate. So, if you know someone who might be interested in displaying their wares, let them know.

Some of the writers and artists you can expect to see there are: Patty Lawson, author; Rick Burgess, photographer; Emily Wall, artist; Terri Spinks, jewelry; Ruth Ann Siegel, jewelry; Sherry Quick Durst, crafts; Ann Kendall Morris, artist; Lynn Squires, author; Deb Brown, author; Charly Hamilton, artist; Brenda Pinnell, artist; and Melanie Doty, artist. I’ll be there, too, and I’m sure a few more will be added to the list before it starts.

There will also be musical entertainment by Blue Maggie bluegrass band and the Earl of Elkview.

So, this is a great opportunity for you to see some local artists, talk to some authors and get a signed book for a gift and support a great group of kids at the same time. I know the kids will thank you.

Call 304-389-8025 to get more information or buy tickets.

Eric Douglas, of Pinch, is the author of “Return to Cayman,” “Heart of the Maya,” “Cayman Cowboys,” “River Town” and other novels. He is also a columnist for Scuba Diving Magazine and a former Charleston Newspapers Metro staff writer. For more information, visit or contact him at


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