Letter to the Editor
In the early 1960’s 4 ladies began a wonderful school in the basement of Centenary Methodist Church. It was for our disabled children in the Lawton area. Back in those days there was NOTHING to assist the parents. The state
and LPS had not stepped up to the plate. Can you imagine what these parents had to contend with in many cases.
In the next couple of years the old Public Health canter on SE B Ave. became available. So MANY volunteers gave their time, effort and money to this wonderful cause.
Eventually the state and LPS began to help. As the younger students diminished The school board and Col. Greiner started accepting older handicapped students. My daughter was in the first class and attended for approx. 35 years. Because of it she learned SO much, had so many friends, was able to go to so many wonderful places and all this for a very small tuition.
Now the school is closed, building demolished AND the property sold.
Lawtonians worked together to make the school the wonderful place it was back in those days. I believe all these NEED to be honored in some special way. It is Lawton’s wonderful history. Perhaps it is going to happen — IF — we can get anyone that has information, pictures and is able to identify people in the pictures that we have
Great Plains Museum is very interested in making an archive of how the school began and the 50 years that it served the handicapped in our community.
Please assist us in this effort. If you have any photos, newspaper clippings, ANY information concerning the earliest days of The school. (United Cerebral Palsy Handicapped School was its original name).
Please contact me at 355-3098 or Debbie at the Great Plains Museum.
With all the things that are going on in our city, state and nation at this time. We truly need to remember the “wonderful” things Lawton could and did do.
Please, please help us in this truly noble cause. I look forward to hearing from you.