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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

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Students, businesses collaborate for Day of Service in Sylva

Students in Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program are collaborating with local businesses and organizations to host the fourth annual Day of Service on Saturday, July 19, at Bridge Park. 

The festival in the park will include games, food and music from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds from this event directly benefit Jackson Neighbors in Need, Communities in Schools of the Great Smoky Mountains and The Community Table.

Throughout the day, ASP students will be volunteering in a variety of service projects throughout Jackson County. The service project sites include Catman2, Cullowhee Community Garden, Habitat Thrift Store, Library Thrift Store, Pathways Thrift Store, Sylva Rotary traffic islands, Teen Challenge Thrift Store, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River creek cleanup and roadside cleanup along N.C. Highway 107.

A new component to the ASP Day of Service this year is Desserts Downtown, to be held Friday, July 18, in conjunction with Concerts on the Creek. The purchase of a $5 ticket gets three sample desserts from any of the participating restaurants between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Lori Overstreet in the Office of First Year Experience at Western Carolina University, Soul Infusion or any of the participating restaurants – Lulu’s on Main, City Lights Cafe, Mad Batter Food and Film and Perk and Pastry.

For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 828.227.3017.


Jackson NAACP to hold voter info session

The Jackson County NAACP chapter is holding a voter rights and registration workshop at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

The workshop will be followed by a non-partisan voter registration drive on July 24 in the atrium of the library.

“This training is open to the public, and will clarify some of the new rules for voting in North Carolina, enacted by the Legislature in 2013,” according to Roger Turner, an NAACP member. 

The new Jackson County NAACP chapter currently has 140 members.


‘Summer Reading Adventures’ offered 

“Summer Reading Adventures” for rising first- and second-graders, will be offered Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1, by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education.

The program is designed to help children maintain the literacy level they have developed during the school year. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in Room 141 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

Students will participate in reading aloud, shared writing experiences, a writer’s workshop and small guided reading groups. They also will learn and practice strategies needed to be effective readers and writers.

The cost of the program is $139 per child. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For more information or to register, visit or call 828.227.7397.

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