The LANDers is an affordable after-school program for children in Denham Springs open to kids ages 5-15 who come from underserved areas of the parish. Our LANDers children receive tutoring and homework help while also getting to play and have fun. Additionally, we focus on developing character skills and teaching children how to live off of the land.
Much More than Just an After-School Program for Children
Nowadays, many children have working parents who are unable to be home when their children get out of school. We wanted to create a program to help both the parents and the kids. We knew they needed help with their homework and a safe place to go. But we also wanted to give the children opportunities to learn how to grow vegetables and how to build a chicken coop and gather chicken eggs.
One year, the children took lentil sprouts and eggs to the Mattie Street Art Market to sell. Along with children in our arts program, Young Artist’s Academy, the kids set up their booth, negotiated prices, and walked around advertising their artwork and fresh produce.
These lifelong skills will teach children to love the land and hopefully will promote healthy eating, too. Plus, it’s fun to dig in the dirt, learn to use tools and build things, and watch your hard work pay off. The LANDers children feel such great joy when they see the fruits of their labor and get to taste what a super fresh tomato tastes like.
And what’s more, they are making lifelong friends!
What if Every Child Knew They Mattered?
What if every child had hope to grow on?
Each one is a unique gift from God.
Formed by God.
Known by God.
Even before they were born.
It breaks His heart when children
have to take care of children.
So, He birthed the LANDers —
a place where children can be children.
Nurtured by adults who love them. Tutored. Fed.
Taught how to live Christ-like lives.
How you can support The LANDers
- Enroll a child in The LANDers
- Donate to The LANDers
- Provide a scholarship for a child
- Teach our precious LANDers a life lesson
- Pray for The LANDers
- Consider implementing a LANDers program in your church
We are forever grateful for any help you can give as we provide after-school care to the children of our community. Thank you!