Lincoln Enrichment Center
We believe and are committed to helping each child discover and develop their unique talents. Once they realize a sense of personal accomplishment, they can begin their pursuit of becoming the best person they can be and making significant and positive impacts on themselves, their family, and the community.
To Encourage, Educate, Equip, and Empower our young people, especially those that need us most, to reach their full potential
2021 Progress Report
- Served 220 Children and Families
- Provided 600 Hours of Curriculum and Learning Opportunities
- Students Read 3,000 Books as Part of Power Hour and the Summer Reading Program
- Delivered 25,000 Meals, Snack Packs, Dairy Products, Food Boxes, and Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Children and Families, Disabled Adults, and Senior Citizens
- Provided Backpacks, School Supplies, Learning Materials, Clothing, Shoes, and Hygiene Items to 150 Students and Senior Citizens
- 50 Volunteers Contributed 20,000 Hours of Their Time and Talent
The Lincoln Enrichment Center was created by volunteers in 2017 to provide the children of Wagoner with additional Reading/Literacy, Sports/Recreation, and other educational activities.
In The News
Wagoner Police Raise Officers Hold A Raise To Help Raise Money For Kids
JULY 2020: Two Wagoner Police officers laced up for a big race on Friday to help raise money for the Brighter Futures Foundation.
Wagoner Youths Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
NOVEMBER 2019:Arryana Lyday took chalk in hand and began to write and draw on the outdoor basketball court by the Lincoln Enrichment Center at 902 Martin Luther King Blvd. this week.Her message was clear: Don't Do Drugs.
2020 Wagoner Chamber Awards Banquet
Dr. Suzanne Salichs and John Jones with Brighter Futures and the Lincoln Enrichment Center were among the guests at the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet who dressed in the Roaring 20s theme. The celebration for award winners was held Sept. 17 at Patio on the Hill. (more…)
Community Outreach makes sure lunch is provided in some Wagoner areas during summer
AUGUST 11TH, 2019: by JOHN FERGUSON It’s raining pretty steady and Ron Thorn must guide the loaded white van through narrow neighborhood streets on Wagoner’s southwest side of town. He pulls into an apartment complex and honks the horn. If nothing happens, he hits the horn again. Nothing needs to...
Big things are on the horizon for Wagoner’s Lincoln Enrichment Center
JANUARY 20TH 2021: The year 2021 is set to be a banner year for the Lincoln Enrichment Center in Wagoner, where children can discover and develop their unique talents in pursuit of becoming the best individuals they can be. LEC President John W. Jones said the center’s big goal for...
Serving children the goal of enrichment center
MARCH 1ST 2020: WAGONER — Work continues in earnest at the Lincoln Enrichment Center as Brighter Futures Foundation gets ready to celebrate its third anniversary next month. The center is going to be home to the Boys and Girls Club at the former Lincoln School, which was for African-American students...
A ‘playground’ of activity growing at Lincoln Enrichment Center
AUGUST 2020: Things are definitely blooming at The Lincoln Enrichment Center. A major fundraising effort, spearheaded by John W. Jones, was undertaken in 2018 for the playground and thanks to public and private donors including the Rotary Club of Wagoner, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Arvest Bank, and the Wagoner Parrot...
Wagoner children, law enforcement officers shop for back to school
AUGUST 2020: Getting essential clothing items for the start of a new school year can be a challenge for some families. With that thought in mind, an anonymous donation has been made to Brighter Futures in Wagoner to help three families make the purchases they need. (more…)
Brighter Futures Foundation feeding children, senior citizens
MAY 17TH 2020: WAGONER — Yolanda Jones opened her front door with a smile. She was happy to see John Jones of Brighter Futures Foundation dropping off food for her family one day this past week. Her grandchildren — 12-year-old Kamiah Sherman, 7-year-old Emmij Coleman and 2-year-old Addyson Powell —...
Snack bag deliveries will continue for Wagoner students
MAY 20, 2020: Throughout the spring when school was not in session, Brighter Futures in Wagoner helped deliver grab-and-go meals to local children. That effort will continue this summer. Brighter Futures President John W. Jones said volunteers will deliver 350 snack packs each Monday through Friday to needy students in...
John Jones, An Excellent Educator
APRIL 21, 2020 : WAGONER, Okla. — The day started with a surprise from 2 Works for You at the Lincoln Enrichment Center in Wagoner, Oklahoma. We were there to honor our next excellent educator, John Jones. The school district doesn't hold classes on Monday and that gave Jones a...
Brighter Futures, others, help Wagoner youth over Spring Break
March 26th, 2020 Community volunteerism at its best was noted at Brighter Futures in Wagoner over the actual Spring Break as many came together to feed local children with nutritious meals. Dr. Suzanne Salichs with Brighter Futures said the kitchen and dining hall at Union Baptist Church were utilized to...
McDaris serves winning chili recipe at Brighter Futures event
DECEMBER 9, 2019: Melissa McDaris and her No. 1 helper get ready to serve the Brighter Futures’ winning chilli recipe during Saturday’s Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction. Finishing second was Nancy Waggoner, third was Virginia VonWald and fourth Garry Waggoner. “While the Chili Cook-off was fierce, there were many warm...
Chili Cook-off, dessert auction planned Dec. 7th
NOVEMBER 28, 2019: Come hungry on Saturday Dec. 7 as the Brighter Futures Foundation will play host to a Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction. (more…)
Brighter Futures’ fundraising goal met for playground items
NOVEMBER 26, 2019: A $70,000 funding plan for new playground equipment at Brighter Futures School has been met, officials reported. The final balance was recently met when an individual stepped forward to help reach the final total. (more…)
Brighter Futures garden project enhanced with TSET grant
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: A $500 Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) grant from the Wagoner County Health Department has allowed for expansion of the Lincoln Learning Garden at Brighter Futures’ Lincoln Enrichment Center in Wagoner. The funds have allowed for additional garden beds and contents for the children to enjoy hands-on,...
McFun Night raised $1,848 for Brighter Futures Foundation
APRIL 23, 2019: A new playground is one step closer following the Wednesday, April 17, “Funraiser” at the Wagoner McDonald’s. The event was to raise funds to purchase new playground equipment for the Lincoln Enrichment Center, located at 902 MLK Blvd. There were board games, card games, coloring art sheets,...
Friday meeting to address possible Boys and Girls Club
APRIL 10, 2019: A community meeting is planned Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Enrichment Center, 902 Martin Luther King Blvd., to discuss the possibility of bringing a Boys and Girls Club to Wagoner. (more…)
Effort underway to bring Boys and Girls Club to Wagoner
APRIL 3, 2019: It has long been desired in Wagoner to have additional activities available for community youth. On Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m., a community meeting is planned at the Lincoln Enrichment Center, 902 Martin Luther King Blvd., to discuss the possibility of bringing a Boys and Girls...
Brighter Futures to Hold Annual Fundraiser DEC. 1ST
NOV 25TH 2018: The Brighter Futures Foundation at the Lincoln Community Enrichment Center, 902 MLK Blvd., will be hosting its annual fundraiser with a Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (more…)
Brighter Futures Helped Keep School Routine Going During Walkout
APRIL 22 2018: The Brighter Futures Foundation in Wagoner served 108 children and families during the school stoppage April 2-13. The Foundation, a division of Eternity Fraternity Christian teen organization, opened its doors five days a week and expanded its service hours to provide a safe, nurturing and learning environment...
Wagoner Economic Development Grants Delivered
MAY 7TH 2018: The future of Brighter Futures got a little brighter on Friday, May 4, with a $500 check from the Wagoner Economic Development Authority (WEDA). This is the spring grant season for the WEDA and there’s another program in the winter. Brighter Futures was one of three Wagoner...
Brighter Futures Foundation Celebrate First Anniversary
May 2, 2018: On Monday, April 23, the Brighter Futures Foundation in Wagoner celebrated its first anniversary with stories, cupcakes, games, laughter and lots of learning. The Foundation, also called BFF, is a division of Eternity Fraternity, a Christian teen 501©3 organization. It began as a Christian-based literacy program serving...
Wagoner’s Baby Fest Went From Dream to Reality on Nov. 8th
It’s been a year in the planning, but the first ‘The Future is Bright Baby Fest’ finally became a successful reality on Thursday, Nov. 8. The old Lincoln School was the site for the get together for young mothers or expecting mothers. Vendors were there to help with a myriad...
Summer Art Programs Unleashes Creativity
JUNE 4TH, 2018: The Wagoner Art Alliance’s Summer Art Camp is just over halfway completed and the work so far by students has been quite artistic, according to director Polly Moore. (more…)
Brighter Futures Gets Check from Wagoner Film Profits
The Brighter Futures Foundation received a check for $429 that was given (more…)