LightHouse alumni share advice, stories

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It’s been 20 years since Myron Harris was spending Saturdays at the LightHouse, but he still remembers the lessons he learned.

“Focus and keep aiming high,” he said.

He was among about two dozen alumni who came back for the annual LightHouse reunion to share updates on their life and some advice with the current group of seniors.

Harris works for State Farm Insurance, traveling the country after disasters, and he is thrilled to know the LightHouse is there for the next generation of children who need a little direction.

His advice to them: “Be a blessing to someone else.”

The Rev. Don Webb began the program of lessons learned and New Years Resolutions with a childhood story about a Christmas Pageant gone wrong when the innkeeper said there was plenty of room. But he said someone started to laugh and all the children knew it would be OK.

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Alumnus Myron Harris catches up with CEO Chuck Meehan.

“If things go wrong this year, laugh it off and love life anyway,” he said.

The students followed with often short but poignant advice: “Do better.” “Don’t give up.” “Be on time.”

Most of the students are still in college, and the dangers of procrastination seemed to be the lesson learned as many resolved to avoid it in 2015. Sarah Noe, a senior at LSUS, presented her Dean’s List report card as proof of what can be accomplished with planning ahead.

Noe will complete her psychology degree in May and said The LightHouse inspired her to her chosen profession. She hopes to be a school psychologist and encourage others.

“You can start from nothing and you can be someone,” she said.

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