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Pine Cone Classic to benefit Seeds of Learning

The committee for the annual Pine Cone Classic charity golf tournament is planning, organizing and working very diligently with all of its members and volunteers to ensure that their golf tournament and fund-raising efforts for their charity are successful.

This year’s committee chairwoman, Donna Gregory, says “that the entries for the event are going extremely well, and there is still room for three more teams in the field of 108 lady golfers.”

Anyone interested in entering a team can contact Donna at 731-1065, or Kay McKee at 731-1618.

This year’s charity is the Seeds of Learning Early Care and Education Center. The center was founded in Pagosa Springs in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and has been offering high quality kindergarten readiness programs to children in Archuleta County for more than 11 years. Seeds of Learning is a year-round care center and school lead by exceptional educator Lynne Bridges, and is staffed with 12 certified teachers and early childhood professionals. There are also many people who volunteer their time, coaching to and caring for the children at the center. Seeds currently enrolls 55 children, aged 18 months to 5 years and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sixty percent of the center’s operating budget comes from tuition based upon a sliding scale determined by family income. The remaining 40 percent comes from grants, fund-raisers and individual donations. Because the state of Colorado greatly values this kind of childhood education, people who make a monetary contribution to promote childcare in Colorado receive an income tax credit of 100 percent for the total contribution.

Anyone interested in donating to Seeds may contact Kay McKee, Pine Cone Classic finance chair, at 731-1618.