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The Literacy & Learning Center is excited to host Soiree for Pre-K, a fundraising event on July 22, with all proceeds benefiting our new NC-certified pre-K program.

Soiree for Pre-K will be a fun-filled evening featuring dinner, drinks, and dancing to Steel Toe Stiletto, a premium events band based in Greenville, SC. The band was formed from friendships between some of the Southeast's most impressive vocalists and musicians. Multi-year winners of The Knot's Best of Weddings and Couples' Choice Awards, they cover favorites across genres and decades. Bring your friends to the Vineyard at High Holly and make some new ones in this charming spot nestled on nearly 30 acres of lush, rolling hills and boasts a working vineyard, award-winning dahlia garden, pond and waterfalls, an event pavilion, and walking trails throughout.

In 2022, North Carolina dedicated only 2.32% of its GDP
to support the public K-12 school system
the lowest percentage in the country. 
The Highlands Motoring Festival gala was another successful event, raising approximately $30,000. The funds will be split between three local charities: REACH of Macon County, the Community Care Clinic of Highlands and Cashiers, and The Literacy & Learning Center.

The gala was held at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on Saturday, June 10. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, live music, and dancing. There was also a silent auction and a live auction, which raised a significant portion of the funds.
The Literacy & Learning Center hosted a memorial event on Saturday, June 24, to celebrate the life of Kay Smith, a dedicated and long-term volunteer at the organization.

Smith passed away on August 22, 2021. She was a dedicated volunteer and genuinely beloved member of the TL&LC community. The impact on the students she served will be felt for years.
The June summer camp at the Literacy & Learning Center has been an absolute blast! On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 - 4 pm, Academic Adventures was filled with exciting activities that kept the students happily engaged. They had a fantastic time with numerous STEAM projects, such as constructing dream treehouses, catapults, rafts, rockets, bird feeders, and even delving into saltwater experiments to deepen their understanding of ocean life and its inhabitants. The camp's creative side also shone through, with the students crafting sun prints, spin art, shadow art, rain art, and creating unique gifts for Father's Day and Fourth of July celebrations!
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