Faulkner Lifestyle May 2019 Issue

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Let the ”Sonshine“ In

“...We thank each

of you for sharing

your children with us.

They are all treasures,

and we consider it

a privilege to be a

part of their lives.


—Elsie Rose & Scott

BY JENNIFER STANLEY

PHOTOS BY BRANDY STRAIN-DAYER

AND SUBMITTED PHOTO

”If Scott and Elsie Rose had only one

dime, and you needed ten cents,

they would give it to you. They are

the kindest people,“ says Esther Mitchell,

a long-time employee and friend of the

Sonshine Academy owners.

Scott and Elsie Rose Wright have been

married for 36 years. Their children

include Erik, who is married to Jessie;

they are parents to Landon and Nova.

Their son Zach is married to Ashley,

and they have two children, Hallie and

Emery. Daughter Rosemary Suggs is

married to Nick, and daughter Sarah Jo

Freeland is married to Wesley; they will

soon welcome son, Owen. They are

also “grafted into the family of Michael

Sawyer,” says Elsie Rose.

They moved to Conway from Houston,

Texas. The relocation was a memorable

experience. “We moved in January

1988, during a terrible snow storm, for

Scott to work as a coach. It was very

difficult for me to leave Texas, because

that is where my family lives. However,

after much prayer and seeking God’s

direction, we felt we were absolutely

being called to move to Arkansas. It

should come as no surprise that God

had our best interests in mind. Conway

is an incredible place to build a business,

raise a family, and be part of a

community. We are so thankful for the

amazing place we live,” says Elsie Rose.

Opening Sonshine Academy was a

logical move for the Wrights. “We both

grew up playing sports, and over the

years, we had been personally impacted

and influenced in such a powerful way

by our own coaches. As a result, we

knew we wanted to live out our gifts

and calling by investing in area youth.

Sonshine Academy began with a dream

and a promise in 1991. The dream

was to have a place where children

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