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Struggling to Shining

  When Melissa Entrekin enrolled her son, Mark Thomas, in Thornwell’s after school tutoring program, she had no idea just how big a difference it would make. Thornwell now offers an after school tutoring program to help children succeed in school. Students receive help with homework, reading and math Monday-Thursday to ensure they are ready [...]

Mark Thomas showing off his award for improved MAP scores at school.

Thornwell 4K Celebration!

We just posted a short video of excerpts from our 4K celebration ceremony and clips from the classrooms. Enjoy! You can also view our other videos on our YouTube channel at

It Takes a Village

You often tell us when you visit that “Thornwell feels like a village community.” And it truly is! We’ve all heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” And that’s what Thornwell does – uses a community of like-minded (and highly trained) individuals to teach, model and guide children toward hopeful futures. [...]

Ferguson guys with Family Teacher Travis Vangnses, Trustee Tom Adams, and Advancement Officer, Dennis Reid.

The gathering at the 2014 Farrell Fund check presentation ceremony.

Thornwell Kids Help 18 Charities in 2014

Once again, the children of Thornwell have rallied to help others in need. In 1999, Mr. Wilson Farrell established a fund at Thornwell to encourage the children to give back to the community. Mr. Farrell’s $5,000 fund at Thornwell is distributed each year according to the recommendations of the Farrell Fund Youth Committee. The Farrell [...]

The 50-Cent Vision

Thornwell’s founder, The Reverend Dr. William Plumber Jacobs wanted to start a home for children who were suffering after the Civil War.  One night he prayed, “Lord if you send me ONE dollar this month for the promised building of an orphanage, I will take it as your sign of approval.” Read story below on [...]

Willie Anderson story