The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 25, 1986 · Page 3
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April 25, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 3

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Friday, April 25, M S-A Boys Harbor has girls program available DOE MENDENCE, 5, and her brothers, at left, Steven, 8, and An- .thony, 9, and their house parent, Mary Bell, stand in front of the children's home at Boys Harbor. LA PORTE — Open since 1947, Boys Harbor in La Porte has begun accepting girls from broken homes in a new program that provides housing for brothers and sisters. The program has been in effect since August 1985, said John Lambert, executive director. Fifteen brothers and sisters currently live in family unit homes on a tract of the 200-acre campus. All share the same house but live in separate rooms. There are three houses at the facility. Two of the buildings are occupied by brothers and sisters and by house parents who cook and supervise the children. The third is temporarily used by Lambert and his wife. Lambert is proud of the three houses. The units are 5,000- square-foot modern, brick homes. They contain four bedrooms for the students, a fireplace, new carpet, televisions, books and brand-new kitchens. "Al Parker donated the money to build one of the homes," Lambert said. "Another cottage was built through donations by Parker's private secretary of many years." A lot of the credit for the effort behind the three cottages goes to the Bill Capon dinner, which is held in Houston every year, Lambert said. But it is the Optimist Club which is even more closely tied in with the concept of Boys Harbor. The home was first founded by the downtown Optimist Club of La Porte in 1947. During the first 14 years of operation, boys were housed in the Ross S. Sterling summer mansion, which sits across the street from the home's present location. The house has since been sold. The home's guiding motto is: "Behind every privilege comes an obligation." For youngsters lucky enough to be accepted into Boys Harbor, there are plenty of privileges. The home has a full-size gym along with ballfields and spacious grounds for jogging. The farm section of the campus contains 22 cattle, horses, a barn and a pecan orchard. The 48 boys who occupy the four frame dormitories live comfortably enough. They are housed three to a room, while married house parents live in sections behind the dorms. The dorms are pleasant, although not as plosh as the brother-sister units. Each dormitory contains one television, along with encyclopedias, National Geographies, carpeted floors and art work. The paintings were donated by the downtown Optimist Club of La Porte. If boys or girls become ill, then Humana Hospital Southmore in Pasadena treats them at no charge to the school, Lambert said. The 25 full-time employees at the school are kept busy by the home's boys and girls. They guide them in sports activities and direct them in their chore duties. .They also help students with their personal problems by offering group and individual counseling. Students' obligations are numerous. They rise at 5:30 a.m. and immediately clean their dormitories. At 8 a.m. they are bussed to La Porte's public schools, which they attend at no expense to Boys Harbor. Students after school have a choice of playing first or doing chores. Mowing lawns, sweeping driveways, washing dishes and helping tend the livestock are some of their chores. After dinner there is a mandatory study hour, and if students need help then the school provides tutors. While students who are accepted into the school come from troubled backgrounds, Lambert said children who are delinquent or on probation are not admitted to Boys Harbor. "Once in a while we get a student that we have to return, but 99 percent of the time they adapt quite well," Lambert said. "If we can't meet a child's needs, then we refer them to other agencies." Each year 25 to 30 new students are accepted at Boys Harbor, he said. The school turns down 30 to 40 percent of its applicants. Students generally stay a minimum of two years at the home. Once accepted by the school after going through an admissions committee and personal interviews, the students are placed in cottages according to their age brackets. Students as young as 5 years old are placed in the brother-sister units. "We get them involved in ac- Diabetes seminar planned COLIN RAE, athletic director at Boys Harbor, gives the boys some pointers on Softball. People with diabetes who want to learn new techniques for effective diabetes management are invited to attend "Partners in Control." It is a free community education program sponsored by Gulf Coast Hospital. The program conducted in two sessions will be held at 7 p.m. April 29 and May 1 in the Educational Classroom at Gulf Coast Hospital. -"Partners in Control" is a diabetes education program lead by a registered nurse practitioner. The free seminar offers valuable information on how one's diet, exercise and medica- tion affect blood sugar. The program emphasizes self-care and provides hands instruction in a new blood sugar monitoring technique. tivities here at the school, plus we encourage their involvement in church and community activities as well," Lambert said. During the year, the school takes students on outside activities such as deep-sea fishing trips and visits to NASA. The Op- ? timist clubs of southeast Texas put together a Christmas party for the students each year. Lambert, who has worked in child care for 19 years, said he and his employees are here "to help the kids." Helping also includes a scholarship fund for those who want to go on to college. "We'd like to expand our services to help kids from all phases of problem backgrounds," Lambert said."We'd love to have a counseling guidance center and perhaps an adoption service as well." Lambert said he loves working with children and the challenges' it poses. "I've been doing this work for so many years that I wouldn't know what else to do," he said. 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However, you may use as many coupons as you wish. Not for use on charge account or layaway payments. May not be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Valid April 26 thru 28. SHOES MOT An item is identified by one price ticket. Coupons must be presented for discount. Each coupon can be used for only one item. However, you may use as many coupons as you wish. Not for use on charge account or layaway payments. May not be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Valid April 26 thru 28. SHOES NOT An item is identified by one price ticket. Coupons must be presented for discount. Each coupon can be used for only one item. However, you may use as many coupons as you wish. Not for use on charge account or layaway payments. May not be combined with any other coupons or discounts. Valid April 26 thru 28. SHOES HOT HCLUDED. COUPONS MAY NOT BE USED ON LAYAWAY PURCHASES

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