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Angel Town Christina Learning Center moves to new, larger building

A Haughton woman has watched her dreams finally become reality.

Bonnie Mathis is the owner and director of the newly opened Angel Town Christian Learning Center, 149 South Elm Street in Haughton. Through the power of prayer and community support, Mathis was able to open a brand new learning center, set within a 9,360 square foot building with a 10,000 square foot outdoor playground.

“This is an answered prayer,” Mathis said excitedly. “We’ve got huge plans and many goals to reach for.”

Angel Town Christian Learning Center is a Christian based childcare and learning facility for children ages six weeks and up. Mathis’ number one goal is to provide services needed in the community, whether it is a place for the community to gather or somewhere children can go to receive care, love and a hot meal.

“No other center compares to this one,” Mathis said. “We have opened our doors to the community to come in, fellowship with us and eat a hot meal.”

Mathis said she is currently serving 80 to 100 meals a day to members of the community free of charge as part of her center’s outreach effort. The new learning center has also provided many more opportunities for local children than Mathis’ previous 2,040 square foot facility did.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and excited to see this center grow to its fullest potential for this community,” she said.

Angel Town Christian Learning Center is staffed by first aid and CPR certified teachers. An education curriculum is also used for children ages six months and older.

Marie Copeland, the center’s four-year-old teacher and assistant director, said safety is a top priority in her daily routine, which also includes lessons in respect, structure and a whole lot of fun.

“We want them to feel safe here and very, very loved,” Copeland, a retired pediatric nurse, said.

Despite a slow start in enrollment, Mathis and Copeland have faith that God will continue to bless their community with the needs and abilities he sees fit.

“We are open and here to stay,” Copeland said. “We are so much more than a daycare too. We are a learning center and a community center. Just come inside and take a look around. You won’t be disappointed.”

Angel Town Christian Learning Center also donates a percentage of its enrollment numbers to foster care and underprivileged children at no cost. They also host monthly Parent’s Night Out for children ages six weeks to 12 years as well as weekly drop-ins.

Angel Town Christian Learning Center, located on the corner of West Jackson and Hwy. 157 in Haughton, will have a rummage sale on Friday, July 12, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be lunch plates sold for $5 on Saturday consisting of a grilled hamburger, baked beans, potato salad and a dessert.

Mathis said they are also seeking donations for nursery room items (changing tables, bouncers, high chairs, etc.), more children’s books for their center library and any outdoor playground equipment and activities. Mathis and Copeland extended an invitation to everyone in the community to tour the facility and see what it has to offer.

“We pride our self on the entrance to the center because first impressions are crucial,” Copeland said. “We want you to feel at peace when you walk in, we want you to feel the love of Jesus Christ and we want you to feel at home here.”

For more information, contact the Angel Town Christian Learning Center at 949-9005.