The Community School of Cleburne County (CSOCC) held its Open House on Saturday.

The Community School of Cleburne County (CSOCC) held its Open House on Saturday. Doors were opened for the public to visit the school and learn about the mission and operations of one of the county's greatest resources. Visitors were treated to delicious food and staff members were on-hand to answer any questions about the school.

Although the school has been here decades, many people are just now truly discovering what an inspiring and important place CSOCC is for the community. Words such as "amazed" and "very impressed" were heard from visitors such as Mark Johnson of the Sugarloaf Heritage Council and Libby Jackson, wife of our own Sun-Times columnist Jerry Jackson.

County Judge Jerry Holmes was present to present the school with a $2500 donation from corporate sponsor Southwest Energy. Other gracious donors included Red River Dodge, Payton Chevrolet, Aromatique, Senator Missy Irvin, Lindsey's Rainbow Resort & Pot O' Gold Restaurant, Red Apple Inn & Restaurant, Red Apple Golf, QuickSigns of Heber Springs, Charlie Evans, Patty Elmore, Dr. Brenda Gulledge, and Judge & Mrs. Jerry Holmes.

The school was open to all visitors and the public showed up to get a glimpse of this local treasure. In addition to an open invitation to the public, the school sent personal invitations to local elected officials, doctors, and other community leaders. Of all the community leaders invited, few actually attended the open house. It is for this reason that special mention should be made of those community leaders that attended to show support for a local institution devoted to helping our disabled and challenged children. Community leaders that attended were Libby Jackson, Mark Johnson, Chris & Mrs. Foster, JP Steve Choate, Dr. Alan Sugg, Judge & Mrs. Jerry Holmes, Representative John Payton, and Economic Developer Dara Samuel.

At Springfest this weekend, the Heber Theatre will be presenting "Sagebrush Sidekicks" a western comedy by Geff Moyer to help support the Community School. Admission will be donations only and all proceeds will benefit CSOCC. The production will be at the amphitheater in Spring Park on Thurs April 25 at 7pm, Friday April 26 at 7pm, and Saturday April 27 at 4pm.

For those who missed the Open House, the Community School welcomes anyone who would like to tour the facility and learn more about the important work they do. To learn more about how you can help the Community School of Cleburne County, whether it through donations, volunteering, making referrals, or just touring the facility contact them at 501-362-0943.