Sunshine After the Storm

Almost a million people throughout the southeast are without power today after the massive storms that moved through last night. Homes are not just damaged, many are simply gone, as are trees, cars, and other property. Even worse is the death toll of at least 11 people. This comes at a time when we are all already on high aleart, quarantined and sheltering at home, concerned about getting too close to our neighbors and even family members lest we pass along a deadly virus.

Yet early this morning, churches, community agencies, and individuals from all around this area are loading up equipment and heading out to be the hands of hope to those in need. Mississippi is known as the Hospitality State for a reason. We may fall on the lower end of many state by state rankings, but one thing we have learned to do, is to love one another and to stand in the gap for those in need.

We know that many of our Karnes Center Families have been affected by these storms and we want to know that you are safe. When power returns and you are able to see this message, please let us know you are okay. We miss your children and their curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking abilities. Their stories are so valuable and we’d love to collect them all. We will let you know how you can participate in this collection soon.

Although our staff is currently working remotely, we care about each one of you and want to provide updates and answers to as many questions as we can. Within the next week, we hope to know more about the status of our summer programs and whether we will hold those as usual or if adjustments will have to be made to the schedule or delivery method. Keep an eye out for announcements regarding online opportunities from the Center in the next few days and weeks.

Please let us know how we can support you during these extraordinary days. As always, your families are in our prayers.


Dr. Houston

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Professionally, I serve as the Director of The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. We have many wonderful things happening at the Center and hope you will check in here frequently to learn more.

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