August 10, 2013
Barrett Learning Center held a benefit lunch at Maya on Saturday to raise funds after almost having to close its doors this year.
Dozens stopped by Maya on West Main Street for lunch to support the center.
It almost closed its doors a few weeks ago because of a lack of funding but now they are enrolling new children for the fall.
Saturday's fundraiser was only planned two weeks ago but organizers say they're thrilled with the turnout and donations.
They are just a month into their three-month fundraising goal of $75,000.
"We know this is a great start for support and we're well on our way to reach our goal and we're just hoping the community and confident the community will continue to support Barrett with its efforts to have another 78 strong years," said Hodari Hamilton, president of the Barrett Board of Directors.
Seventeen children will be graduating Kindergarten on Friday, Aug. 16.