Tulsa's Little Light House Students Asking For Votes To Win $500,000

Friday, August 27th 2010, 9:51 pm
By: News On 6

By Lacie Lowry, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A school in Tulsa for special needs students wants you to click for a cause. The Little Light House is competing for half a million dollars by gathering the most online votes.

The Kohl's Cares contest is donating $500,000 each to 20 schools across the nation. The Little Light House is the only school competing from Oklahoma.

You are able to cast five votes.

"I joke that we are going to learn the letter "K" next week in my classroom," said Kate Zerbe, who is a Little Light House teacher. "K is for Kohl's!" 

"K" is also for kids, of which the school serves 64. That's about nine kids per classroom. More money would help with one-on-one attention.

"Our goal is to work on our children at an individual level and really provide them exactly what they need," said Zerbe. 

The Christian school also wants to incorporate new technology to impact children on the autism spectrum and children with limited mobility. 

The Little Light House is tuition-free, runs entirely on donations and always operates at full enrollment. 

That results in a three year waiting period for parents seeking help for their special needs child. More money would allow the school to expand and help more kids now.

"There's kids in my classroom that the doctor said wouldn't live. There's kids in this building that are five years old whose parents were told they would never make it to term. So we're really excited about the miracles that kids are doing things that no one ever thought was possible in Tulsa in this school," Zerbe said.

Voting ends September 3rd. The Little Light House must be in the top 20 to win the $500,000.

Vote for The Little Light House.