YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. Stop by Laura Baker’s booth on Saturday, April 25 at Bridgewater Elementary from 9 am – noon. http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/MediaCenter.aspx?CID=Recreation-6
Every year, Laura Baker hosts an Easter service designed for clients, family, and staff and supported by local area churches. It is a short service with client participation and refreshments to follow. This year’s service will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, located at 418 Sumner St E, Northfield, at 6:30 pm.
Domo Arigato to all that attended Dinner Theater last Friday Night. It was a lovely evening featuring Japanese-style cuisine and Taiko drumming. Kudos to the kitchen, the volunteers, St. Olaf Taiko drummers, Kimmy Clean and all that made the evening possible. It was a journey to remember!
Laura Baker Services is proud to be named as Just Food Co-op’s community partner for the month of February, 2015. When you shop at Just Food during February you will have the opportunity to round up your total to the nearest dollar at check-out. Just Food will donate the difference to Laura Baker Services Association. So spread the word and tell everyone to shop at Just Food and round up for LBSA.
Thank You to Just Food Co-op for partnering with LSBA to help us achieve our Mission: To respect the life choices and dreams of people with developmental disabilities and help them reach their goals.
Note: If you are paying with a credit or debit card, remember to tell the cashier that you want to round up before you swipe your card, so he or she can enter the rounded up total.
Joie d’vivre. The sunshine of a smile, a hearty laugh, a warm hello. Everybody’s buddy, everybody’s pal, a friend for a lifetime. He wanted everyone to like him, and mostly everyone did. Sometimes a little bigger than life, sometimes not.
Lawrence Leslie Perkins Jr. was born on May 13, 1973 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Katherine Ann and Lawrence Leslie Perkins. He was born with a big personality and the challenge of living with Prader-Willi Syndrome. He died on January 3, 2015, after providing the gift of life to others through donation of his organs.
Larry first came to Laura Baker Services Association on May 25, 1987 at 15. He attended Laura Baker School, living on Margaret Graves I with a host of friends. When his mom and step-dad decided to move out-of-state in September 1991, Larry moved with them, and spent time in a few different states before returning to Laura Baker in June 1992, where he completed his education, matriculating from Laura Baker School in 1994. Larry was delighted to be able to move into his new house late last year.
Larry worked through Epic Enterprises at a variety of jobs. He especially enjoyed his work at Dokmo. In recent years, Larry volunteered for Meals on Wheels and did light assembly work.
He was Catholic, and enjoyed attending a variety of churches. He was a Special Olympic athlete, winning medals in a variety of sports. He sang in the Laura Baker Choir. Two years ago, he was one of the featured dancers at the Laura Baker Dinner Theater, where he partnered with a St. Olaf dancer to show off his ballroom dancing skills.
Larry was a collector of many things. He especially enjoyed writing and drawing. He was profiled in pictures in a photo exhibit created by St. Olaf students.
Larry told his story for the 2013 Annual Report. Here’s what he had to say:
I work to make money. I go out with my mom a lot. I’m proud of buying stuff for my mom. I put stickers on things.
I like people to draw me pictures, and I draw for them sometimes. I like using the whole sheet of paper.
I have tons of music CDs. I play them on my stereo here in my room. My favorite is kid songs.
I like College Buddies. When it’s warm, we walk around the neighborhood.
I like to be at my mom’s place. I like to spend the night. One night for my birthday, and two nights for Christmas.
Once in a great while something makes me sad. I don’t see my girlfriend no more and she never calls me. We met at the Valentine’s dance at the Faribault Ballroom. She’s been my girlfriend for quite a few years. Now she never calls me.
If I had three wishes? I would wish for a thousand dollars. Then I’d buy ten CDs and maybe a new DVD movie. With what’s left over, I’d buy 200 notebooks. And I would draw in them all.
Larry is survived by his mom, Kathy Perkins and by his housemates, staff and friends at Laura Baker Services Association and Epic Enterprises. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Perkins, and his stepfather, Jim Nehmzow.
We envision Larry dancing with the many friends and family members he is reunited with. “Hi, how are YOU? Hello old buddy, old pal!!! How you been? What’s new?”
We are mourning the loss of Larry Perkins, a long-time member of the LBSA family, who died on January 3, 2015. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held in Millis Hall Dining Room on Monday, January 12 at 3 pm. All of Larry’s friends are welcome. Complete obituary will follow.
The 2014 Gala, held on December 6th at the Weitz Center, was a success and we are grateful for all that made it possible. We were honored to have Barry Morrow engage us with his stories and entertained by the Laura Baker Choir. Thank you for your support!