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Generous Communities

by Danielle Hernandez-Juarez

There’s no seasonal slowdown for the boy, girls and mentors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of

WNC Highlands-Cashiers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC-Cashiers was thrilled to participate in Goblins on the Green at the Glenville-Cashiers Recreation Center for the 2019 celebration. We’d like to thank all of you who stopped by our table and said “hello” and look forward to working with you!

Over the next few months, Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC from both Cashiers and Highlands programs are gearing up to celebrate the holiday season and provide community information sessions and family activity days.

On November 9, our Bigs and Littles, and families from both programs, participated in the much-loved llama walk. Camp Merri-woode was gracious to offer the program and its participants access to their grounds for this particular event. Past experiences with the llama walks have granted program participants an educational experience in working with the animals and learning more about llamas. Adults and kiddos alike loved the experience and creating more memories and gaining more knowledge about these interesting mammals!

Children and mentors from both Cashiers and Highlands programs are headed to Tuckaseegee December 7, following the Highlands Olde Christmas Parade, to participate in learning how to make Christmas wreaths from start to finish. Local residents have offered their homestead to the program in past years to teach the children and their mentors the process of selecting just the right foliage needed to make beautiful, hand-woven wreaths from beginning to end. This hands-on learning experience incorporates social skills and communication skills practice, as well as an opportunity for growth in self-discipline. The children take their prized wreaths home with them to hang on their doors or in their homes!

Get ready to make some waves at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC - Highlands corn hole and swim community engagement at the Highlands Recreation Center heated pool on January 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Refreshments will be provided — bring your swimsuit and your game face! Community members and current program participants and families are invited to join in on the fun — we look forward to seeing you!

As always, we would like to thank our generous communities for your continued support! These activities, learning experiences and positive relationships are possible because of you!

If you would like to know more about how you can be a mentor, how to enroll your child, or contribute in another way to Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC in Cashiers or Highlands, please contact the local program coordinator, Danielle Hernandez, at (828) 399-9133 or by email at cashiers@bbbswnc.org. You can also visit bbbswnc.org.

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