special needs

Shanda Guidry, fundraiser organizer, and Katheryn Littles, office manager

For over 70 years and under various names, the Shorkey Center has offered educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs.

This year marks their 25th annual holiday card campaign, which executive director Araina Daniels said is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers.

“Profits from our … sales are used to offset the cost of high quality therapy services [given] to deserving students who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” Daniels said.

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Beaumont’s First Baptist Church is planning to make its ninth annual community Easter egg hunt more accessible for the whole community.

The hunt for 25,000 eggs begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 15 in Rogers Park.

Children’s pastor Melissa Johnson recommends that parents of kids with special needs arrive early and use one of the six handicap accessible spaces in the parking lot off Gladys Street.

The community egg hunt now regularly has over 1,000 attending each year, according to Johnson.

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The Some-Bunnies Miracle special needs beauty pageant at West Brook High School on Saturday, April 1, brought contestants from all over Southeast Texas and beyond.

“One of our contestants travels six hours just to get here,” said LaRanda Pippin, who started the We are Miracles Pageants in 2013. “They’ve been in it every year. We’ve got one from Louisiana that came this year.”

We are Miracles has held a total of four annual pageants.

Her daughter, Paris Pippin, has special needs, she explained.

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Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) personnel and detectives with the Port Arthur Police Department (PAPD) are investigating the apparent drowning death of a special needs child that occurred July 2, PAPD reports. 

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Community leaders, Rotarians and families with children of all abilities gathered Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 600 Crockett St. in Beaumont at 5 p.m. for a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground. The playground was designed to enable children of all abilities to play safely together. 

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