O Happy Day! is a Denham Springs non-profit for children whose mission is to offer opportunities for children and youth to experience enrichment activities through after-school programs, training in the arts, structured literacy tutoring, and a free year-long virtual camp of Christian adventures.
Our goal is to provide a safe place for ALL children.
Learn more about how each of the four programs of O Happy Day! began.
We hope you’ll join us!
Beginnings of our Non-Profit For Children
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.Psalm 37:3
Leslie Nichols Akin
Founder and Director
Leslie Nichols Akin is the Director of O Happy Day! She earned her Doctor of Ministry with emphasis on the Spiritual Formation of Children from the Fuller Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Leslie is a wife, a mother of two, and a grandmother of nine amazing grandchildren. In addition to being the Director of O Happy Day, she is a tutor in Reading Restoration, and the wonderful instructor of Camp Canoe-Be-Kind’s virtual Christian adventures.
It is because of Leslie’s undeterred call to help the community that our non-profit for children exists.
Our Amazing Board Members
Bill Boutte, Chair, Insurance, Co-Owner Capital City Crawfish Restaurant
Rene Delahoussaye, former City Council Member
Kathryn Martin, Educator, mother of five children
Arthur Perkins, former City Council member, Vice-Mayor
Sheryl Phipps, co-owner Sport n’Center
Jackie Reed, Accountant
Sarah Scott, Public School Teacher for 50 years
Butch Wax, former Principal and Football Coach, Denham Springs High School