Sunshine School Executive Director Retires

Sunshine School

Yesterday saw the retirement reception for Sunshine School Executive Director Mary-Lou Dunn. After 40 years on the job, she’s calling it quits on June 30th.

Among the dignitaries on hand were Searcy Mayor David Morris who says “It’s a blessing having the Sunshine School in Searcy.” He added “the Lord has blessed us very much by sending such a servant as Mary-Lou Dunn.”

The Mayor says “you have to give credit to a lot of people for the success of the Sunshine School, but you can’t name one individual that deserves more credit than Dunn.”


Also on hand was Arkansas District 46 Representative Les Eaves, who presented a citation from the Arkansas House to Dunn honoring her work at the school.

Born and raised in Searcy, Dunn graduated from Searcy High School in 1966. She graduated from State College of Arkansas, now the University of Central Arkansas, in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in special education. She received a master’s degree in special education from Harding University in 1976.

Celebrating her 7oth birthday last March, Dunn says it’s time to step down. As for what’s next, Dunn says”nothing for six months.” After that, she’ll do a lot of volunteer work in the community she loves and may even write a book.

The New Executive Director of the Sunshine School is Sally Paine.

The Sunshine School serves students of all ages with developmental disabilities and is a (501c3) non-profit organization funded by state and federal monies and tuition from public schools.

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