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Lovelight buying ex-site of Damon's

Record-Courier staff Report Published: December 12, 2012 4:00 AM

Lovelight, Inc., a local nonprofit agency based in Kent, has a vision of buying and renovating the former Damon's Restaurant on East Main Street in Franklin Township to house their STAR (Service, Teaching, Advocacy, and Research) Institute.

The group is inviting members of the community to participate in their million dollar vision.

Starchild, the anchor program of the Institute, is intended to be a model learning and development center for infants, toddlers, and school children.

It not only provides direct service to the children and their families, but also opportunities for experiential learning, research, and community service for future teachers and other college students.

When fully operational, the institute will also include HUGS (Healing Uplifting Guidance and Support), an empowerment and entrepreneurial project serving teens; Golden Treasures, opportunities for senior citizens to share their time and talents with youth; and Bio-Integrative Services, innovative educational interventions for struggling students.

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Spaces in the building will be flexible to allow activities such as meetings and classes and -- in the evenings and on weekends -- to hold community events such as dances, plays, cultural performances, and health fairs.

In renovating the building, there will be an emphasis on "green" technologies such as solar tubes to bring natural light into the building.

Donations for the STAR Institute project may be made to LoveLight, Inc. and sent to LoveLight, Inc. P.O. Box 123 Kent, OH 44240 or directly to LoveLight Invest in the Children account at Hometown Bank 142 N. Water St. Kent, OH 44240.

Persons making a contribution will receive a certificate recognizing their "shares" in the STAR Institute.

For more information, contact Justice at 330-673-5839 or lkjusti1@kent.edu.

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