The kids at LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne enjoyed cookies and cocoa and had a chance to sit on Santa’s knee last week as some 35,000 lights and nearly two miles of extension cords were turned on to celebrate the holiday season.
This year’s lighting project, designed by Doug Henton, LeRoy Haynes’ facilities manager, includes 126 different channels making up a total of nine displays that dance to the music. Motorists can stop, view the lights and listen to the music over their car radio on 88.3 FM throughout the holiday season.
The lighting project, which required about two months of planning, took three weeks to install. Photos of kids with Santa were provided by Chris Johnston, of Queen Mary Photography Service in Long Beach (www.queenmaryphotography.com), who donated his time for the evening. Volunteer Gordie Norman, a Glendora Rotarian, served as Santa.
The LeRoy Haynes Center provides specialized treatment and educational services to children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, neglect and abandonment. The facility serves 350 to 400 children annually through its four basic programs — therapeutic residential treatment, transitional housing, Haynes Special Education Center, and mental health.
For more information, or to participate in the holiday gifts program for the kids, call (909) 593-2581 or visit the web site at www.leroyhaynes.org.