The Avenue Marketing Manager Kim Tanalgo-Minshew (right) and The Avenue Peachtree City Merchant Relations Coordinator Lisa Hernandez (left) present the donation check to CARE Coordinator Karen Spangler.
Many working families are facing financial hardships, making it difficult, if not impossible, to pay for necessities such as after school care for their young children.
Thanks to the generosity of The Avenue Peachtree City and its patrons, CARE (Children at Risk in Education), a program of the Fayette County Public School System, is able to After School Program (ASP) scholarships to families of elementary-aged students enrolled in the system’s schools.
The Avenue Peachtree City raised over $400 this summer through Movies in the Park and Music in the Park. Although the events were free, the shopping center offered patrons the opportunity to purchase popcorn or glow necklaces for $1, with all proceeds benefitting CARE. Southern Outdoor Cinema donated the popcorn and The Avenue donated the glow necklaces.
“We are very fortunate and appreciative to have the support of The Avenue and its patrons. These are difficult times for our working families. Many have been forced to take pay cuts or jobs that pay well below what they were making. Now they are struggling with necessities like what to do with their young children between the end of the school day and when they get home from work. The scholarships are a way we can help with that struggle,” says CARE Coordinator Karen Spangler.
The scholarships pay for a portion of the ASP tuition for a limited number of weeks. Parents have to pay the other portion of the tuition in order to receive the scholarship.
The Avenue Peachtree City has scheduled several upcoming events where patrons can make donations to CARE to help with ASP scholarships throughout the school year. On Friday, October 15, families can watch the movie, “How to Train Your Dragon.” Children’s entertainment and giveaways begin at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at dusk. Popcorn will be sold for $1 with all proceeds benefitting CARE.
Also, there will be a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30 from 3-5 p.m. with trick-or-treating at the stores, free crafts and complimentary photos by Wolf Camera. Donations for CARE will be accepted throughout the event.
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