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Friday Tax Lunch and Cary Central Casino Night

WOW!  It is the FINAL Friday in March!  So hard to believe!  And now we are just a little under 3 weeks until Tax Day, April 18th.  Can I get a Whoo-Hoo!!?!!

Lunch with Sage Payroll

A HUGE thank you to all of our friends & clients & referral partners who have been stopping by with sweet visits, kind offers and generous food supplies!  It really makes our day bright!  Thanks so much to JJ Mahon of Sage Payroll for stopping by on Thursday with a bag of goodies (and a cool water bottle) and then coming back on Friday with FREE TAX LUNCH for the whole office, compliments of HotPoint Deli in Cary.  Thanks so much JJ!  Check out our office enjoying the yummy lunch!

JJ Mahon of Sage with Becca of Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Alicia working hard and enjoying lunch

 

Lindsay shows some personality while working on tax returns

Cary Central Rotary Club Taste of Cary

Last Saturday, March 24th, was the Cary Central Rotary Club “Taste of Cary” and Casino Night.  Blake and I attended this event along with some other members of my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and really had a good time.  We tasted lots of good food from local Cary restaurants, bid on some cool auction items, visited with friends and played the casino tables.  This was a fundraiser for the Cary Central Rotary Club Foundation.  I hope they did well and raised lots of money!  Thanks to Lois Cozart and her team at My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the 3/4-sleeve silk wrap dress from the downtown Apex store.  They have their spring merchandise out so it is time to STOCK UP ladies!   Tell them Becca sent you to shop and get my special shopper discount on your purchase!

Cary Central Rotary Casino Night

 

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Family Night with Chick-Fil-A and the Rotary Banquets

It seems like just yesterday we were closing out May and looking into June!  And now here we are today at JULY 1st!!!!  It’s been a busy end of June and I am sure July will be the same.

Hosting Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Earlier this week Smith & Smith, CPA had the pleasure of hosting Family Night with Chick-Fil-A at Waverly Place in Cary.  We enjoy doing this twice a year and always meet really nice families and kids.  This time we did a Summer Sponge Ball and decorate Colorful Piggy Banks.  We had a ton of families come to our table and ran out of the piggy banks within the first 30-minutes!  Thanks to all of our friends and clients who came by to see us that night.  We will host another night in the Fall 2016.

Smith & Smith, CPA

Smith & Smith, CPA

 

Making Cute Piggy Banks

Making Cute Piggy Banks

 

Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Family Night at Chick-Fil-A

Rotary Banquets 2016-2017

This time of year also means that the 2015-2016 Rotary Year is coming to a close and the new Rotary Boards for Rotary International, Districts and Clubs will start over with new slate of officers.  Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary District 7710 Governors Banquet last week at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh.   We also attended my own Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Installation Banquet this week at NC State University Club.  Both events were well attended and really nice.  It’s so fun to celebrate all that has been accomplished in a Rotary year!  I am excited to see Susan Pruskin come in as our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club new President!  She was a new member for me to Rotary several years ago and she is going to have a fantastic year!!!  Congrats Susan!   Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary and downtown Apex for helping me with dresses for both events.  I wore a shiny silver dress to the North Hills banquet and last night a dark blue tulle and lace dress with the sleeve cut out to the NC State University Club.  MGC has a HUGE summer sale going on right now!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com to get a special discount!

Governors Banquet

Governors Banquet

 

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Banquet

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club Banquet

End of School Year

On a personal note, our boys have finished the school year and are now moving into 1st Grade and 4th Grade.  So crazy!  We were able to attend their school programs this week and are so proud of their accomplishments!  Trent received the MATH Award for his class again this year!  So proud!  Mark received his promotion certificate to 1st grade.  Both boys had excellent report cards!  We are so proud!  In the picture with Mark I am working a Yellow Silk top from J.Crew that I found at My Girlfriend’s Closet and in the picture with Trent I am wearing a lightweight summer sweater from Ann Taylor Loft, also from My Girlfriend’s Closet.

Mark Kindergarten Award

Mark Kindergarten Award

 

Trent Math Award

Trent Math Award

HAVE  A GREAT 4TH OF JULY!!!!!!

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Joint Rotary District Conference in Wilmington, NC

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at 2016 District Conference

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club at 2016 District Conference

A few weeks ago, Blake and I had the pleasure of traveling to Wilmington, NC for the FIRST EVER, Joint Rotary District Conference between District 7710 and 7730.  We stayed at the Hilton on the waterfront, enjoyed beautiful weather and a fun packed weekend!  Blake and Ethan played golf, while Tia & I attended the conference meetings.  We had 5 members from the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club attend (Becca, Tia, Susan, Kyle & Dave).  We learned so much about all of the great projects going on in our own District 7710 and also about other projects going on in NC and the world!

Club Awards

Cary Club Awards

It really made you proud to be part of Rotary.  We also enjoyed time exploring Wilmington, eating some great seafood and relaxing after a very busy Tax Season 2016!  Here are a few photo highlights from the weekend.  So proud of our club, Cary-Kildaire Rotary, for coming in FIRST in total money raised for the C.A.R.T. Fund (for Alzheimer Research) and 3rd per capita for C.A.R.T.

26209459414_2922a871bd_oWe also received the Governor’s 5 Star Award +1 for Distinction. We also received awards for earning the Presidential Citation for 2015-2016.  That is REALLY hard to get!  Congrats to all of the clubs and all of the winners!  See you next year in 2017 for the Rotary District Conference here in Raleigh, NC!  And don’t forget that the Rotary International Conference for 2017 is going to be here in the USA in Atlanta!!!!!!

 

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Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet for styling me in great dresses and accessories for the whole weekend!  I was sure to stop by their stores (downtown Cary & downtown Apex) before I left to pick-up some of the latest fashions.  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

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Life Experiences Auction in 2014

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

27th Annual Life Experiences Auction

Last night, Blake and I had the pleasure of attending the 27th Annual Harry H. Montgomery Life Experiences Auction.  The event was held at Prestonwood Country Club and had the BIGGEST crowd to date!   If you have read my blogs before, then you know about Life Experiences and that is has a very strong place in my heart!  The entire ballroom was full last night and they even had to add about 5 more tables for people to sit!  That shows you just how hard the entire Auction Committee and Board of Directors had worked to make the event great.  It takes lots of time, planning and volunteers to pull off an event of this size.  But it is such an important event to Life Experiences as it is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

Auction Item by Lucy & Bee

It is actually a two-day event with the auction held on Sunday evening and a golf tournament held today (Monday) also at Prestonwood Country Club (they have a gorgeous day for golf today!).  The Rotary Clubs of Apex and Cary were very strong supporters and also provided many of the volunteers who helped work the auction tables last night.  I was happy to help serve on the Auction Committee on-behalf of Smith & Smith, CPA and part of my responsibilities included helping collect auction items.  Many thanks to my dear friend, Cynthia Dishman, of Lucy & Bee, for making a donation.  Cynthia is a professional seamstress and hand-makes many amazing items.  She generously donated one of her 18″ doll outfits and shoes.  It was simply beautiful and I borrowed the American Girl Doll, Saige, from Alicia’s daughter, Ava, to use as a model for the outfit.  It made for a very unique auction item.  Thank you to both Cynthia and Ava!  I also had a nights stay at Gunther Lodge at Holston Camp in Banner Elk, NC donated by Craig Bell, Camp Director for Holston Camp.  Each year during the first weekend in December, Holston Camp hosts a Christmas Family weekend.  The winner of this item gets to attend that weekend with their family and participate in all the festivities.  Once the silent auction part ended, there was a LIVE AUCTION that featured over 25 fabulous prizes and trips!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

Steve & Susan Pruskin, proud Sponsors of the event last night!

According to my calculations, over $15,000 alone was raised during the live auction! How exciting!  Many thanks to all of the wonderful sponsors, committee members, volunteers, attendees, bidders and most of all to Mary Madenspacher, Executive Director at Life Experiences, for making last night a huge success!  Hope the golfers have fun today and make plans to attend next year! Blake and I had a fantastic time seeing friends and clients and enjoy this event every year.   Many thanks to Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend’s Closet for dressing me in the Calvin Klein black sequence cocktail dress last night!  MGC in downtown Cary and downtown Apex has a HUGE selection of Fall & Winter fashions, shoes and accessories!  Stop by to shop, mention Becca’s Blog and get 10% off your purchase Shop Local!

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Music for TAP and Flags for Rotary

Happy Friday!  Not only is it Friday…but it is Friday the 13th AND a FULL MOON!  How often does that happen?

Posters for TAP Unlimited

Posters for TAP Unlimited

Yesterday I had the pleasure of having a delicious lunch with my friend, Maura Silverman at Dorry’s Downtown Deli in beautiful downtown Cary.  Maura is the Founder and Executive Director for TAP Unlimited, Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited.  I met Maura a few years ago through a mutual friend who has Aphasia and our paths have crossed several other times through various networking groups.  Maura is very passionate about helping people with Aphasia and educating their family and friends on ways to effectively communicate with them.  TAP Unlimited has their “signature event” coming up in a few weeks on Saturday, June 27th, at Cypress Manor.  The evening event will feature a special evening of life music by The Jason Adamo Band, cocktail hour, a performance by the TAP Choral Group, Silent Auction, Balloon Pop and Wine Wall!  Tickets can be purchased online HERE and all proceeds from this event will help benefit TAP patients throughout the Triangle area.  Sounds like such a fun evening and I hope you can make plans to attend!  And our lunch at Dory’s was very good too (fresh food and made to order)!  Thanks to Dorry’s for being a sponsor of our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park this past weekend too! Dorry's Downtown Deli and Catering on Urbanspoon

Chris Heaney with Becca Smith

Chris Heaney with Becca Smith

My year as Club President of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club is coming to an end very soon…been such a fantastic year!  Last night I had the pleasure of trading Rotary club flags with Chris Heaney from the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club in Florida (a breakfast club with over 100 club members!!!).  Chris is a Captain in the US Navy and works in the Navy Recruiting Region East.  He was visiting the Raleigh area for a special Navy installation service and took time to visit our club for dinner and a make-up.  I’ve had the opportunity to trade Rotary Flags several times this year and it has been a highlight for me for sure!  Chris was very nice and said he enjoyed hearing about the success of our signature event, Pig Pickin’ in the Park, as his club does a similar fundraising event.  Thanks for stopping by Chris and for the open invitation to visit the Gulf Breeze Rotary Club!

Thanks so much to Lois Cozart of My Girlfriends Closet for styling me in this colorful summer blouse!  MGC has tons of great items for your summer wardrobe and all of the shoes, jewelry and accessories you need to match!  Tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

Have a GREAT weekend and a VERY Happy Father’s Day to my daddy, Michael Fleenor, to my father-in-law, Bob Smith, to my husband, Blake Smith and Grandfathers, William Lawhorne, Jack Smith, and Ray Snyder.

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Pig Pickin’ in the Park…BEST YET!

Smith Family

Smith Family

This past Saturday, June 7th, was the 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  The event was held at Bond Park Senior Center in Cary and was an evening event from 4:30 PM- 7:00 PM.  This is our club’s ‘signature’ event and one that takes LOTS and LOTS of planning, preparation, time and energy.  But it is ALL worth it!  It’s a fundraiser for the James Atkins Memorial Scholarship and Humanitarian Fund.  Meaning that ALL of the monies raised from this event go to our college scholarships and humanitarian/community work in the area and around the globe!

Alicia and Family

Alicia and Family

The weather was PERFECT for Saturday, we had a HUGE crowd of over 700 people, delicious food from White Swan BBQ (Eastern Style), plus games out on the courtyard, classic car out front, fire truck (thank you Town of Cary),  a BIKINI BUS, a clown and live bluegrass band!  Smith & Smith, CPA has been a proud Hog Wild Sponsor for this event for many years and Blake & I are happy to support as Whole Hog Sponsors.  We invite our entire family to attend and have tickets left over to share with friends.  Thanks to all of our sponsors, we had a record year with nearly 170 sponsors!!!!!

Top Sponsors!

Top Sponsors!

Our club members work very hard to make this event happen and it would never take place without their dedication, plus the dedication of their families!  We love ALL of our Rotary Families!!!!   One of the best parts of the whole event was seeing so many of our NEW members getting involved and helping with the Pig Pickin‘.  They were all smiles as they served food on the food line, poured drinks and worked the take-out outside in the hot summer sun!  The 28th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park was our BIGGEST event year EVER and we are so grateful and look forward to putting all of the funds raised to good use!  See you for the 29th Annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park!

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Home Tour & Celebration Party

Completed Habitat Home in Apex, NC

Completed Habitat Home in Apex, NC

On Sunday I had the pleasure of attending an event called “Passport to Habitat”…in support of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.  This was the second year in a row for this event, which features a Home Tour & Celebration Party at the Habitat ReStore in Cary, NC.  Guests arrived around 5:00 PM and were shuttled on charter buses to recent Habitat Homes in Western Wake County.  The homes were located in White Oak Villas neighborhood in Apex, NC, very close to downtown Apex.  There are 16 Habitat Homes in this community and they were all recently completed in March 2014. 

Becca with the homeowner of the Habitat Home she helped build in the Fall of 2013

Becca with the homeowner of the Habitat Home she helped build in the Fall of 2013

I was so humbled during the bus tour as I had helped build these houses back in June 2013 with my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Home of NC. I had no idea that I’d ever be able to go back to this site and let alone see the completed house AND meet the homeowner and family!   It really did bring the whole experience full-circle for me.  When I helped build the home in 2013 we were working on the support beams, windows and roofing.  To see the home completely done and a very gracious family living inside was just a very joyful feeling.  After touring the homes and meeting the families, we took the bus back to the Cary ReStore and had a celebration party with food from local Cary restaurants.  One of the Habitat homeowners also spoke during the event and shared her life story of going from taking care of her sick mother to quickly finding herself homeless due to a home foreclosure, finding out about Habitat, applying for a home, being accepted in the program, helping build her own house and eventually moving in and becoming a homeowner…something she thought was only a dream.  A few facts about Habitat for Humanity of Wake County…since 1985 they have helped 450 families build and buy safe, affordable homes, including 50 homes in Cary, 10 in Fuquay-Varina, 4 in Morrisville and 16 in Apex. 

Visiting the Habitat Homes on the Passport Tour

Visiting the Habitat Homes on the Passport Tour

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is very thankful to have more than 8,000 donors and volunteers giving their funds, time and energy to help build homes each year in our area.  My passion and love for helping with Habitat was born years ago as a young adult in youth group, I can still remember my first build with my dad in Greenville, NC.  Over the years I’ve been able to continue helping with Habitat through Rotary and other service clubs. I’ve also done some of the home demolition with Habitat.  Thanks to the Habitat Event Committee for putting on an event that not only brings awareness about the need for affordable housing in our area, but also celebrates the success of the work done and the families helped!     FYI…I found my cute Kate Spade top at My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Cary!  They also have a store in downtown Apex…best place to shop for ladies consignment...tell them you read Beccasblog.com and get 10% off your purchase!

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Fat Tuesday & Mardi Gras 2014

 So far tax season this year has really proven to be a beast!  But we are getting there day by day; it’s very rewarding to have so many NEW clients coming in as well as our returning clients. 

Mardi Gras 2014

Mardi Gras 2014

Blake and I have had some fun and busy nights with events over the past few weeks and last night was a really great event!  We attended the Annual Mardi Gras Party that is hosted by the Cary-MacGregor Rotary Club and Life Experiences.  We love going to this party and always have fun seeing lots of friends, tasting lots of good food and celebrating the Mardi Gras festivities!  Thanks to Lois Cozart from My Girlfriends Closet for providing me with the LOVELY magenta dress!  It was a perfect fit for the Mardi Gras 2014 celebration!  Here is a picture of us with the President of the Cary-MacGregor Rotary Club, Owen Robinson and his wife, Freda.  Congrats to Cary-MacGregory Rotary and Life Experiences for such a fun Mardi Gras 2014 party!

How do YOU deliver your taxes?

How do YOU deliver your taxes?

 As I mentioned earlier, we’ve had LOTS of new tax clients coming in this year (thanks to all of those great referrals from current clients & friends and the power of our website!) I’m always amazed at the fun and creative ways that clients bring in their personal tax items…just take a look at this stash of boxes and folders that came in yesterday!  I used to call tax season “shoe box season” but without the shoes…as clients would bring in a whole years worth of paperwork all crammed into a shoebox!  We’ve got a good majority of our clients trained now though so we don’t get too many shoeboxes.

Brad from Edward Jones with Gigi's!

Brad from Edward Jones with Gigi’s!

Yesterday afternoon we got a special delivery…so let me give a BIG thanks to Brad from Edwards Jones for stopping by yesterday with a DELICIOUS box of Gigi’s Cupcakes!  Brad is a great referral partner for Smith & Smith, CPA and we love those little ‘tax break goodies’ that come in this time of the year!  I was happy to see that my FAVORITE Gigi’s cupcake, Wedding Cake, was included in the box!  Thanks so much Brad for stopping by to see us during our craziest season of the year!!  Brad’s office is very close to our office and we enjoy getting to see Brad and his office staff several times a year.  It is so very important for CPA firms to have solid referral partners in ALL industries so that we meet the needs of our clients.

 

 

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Sweet Treats for Valentines!

Last Thursday was Valentine’s Day…ahhh…my favorite holiday.  But also kinda sad because I know a lot of people who don’t like Valentine’s Day and some who even refuse to celebrate it!  That’s okay though…to each their own holiday.  I had a wonderful Valentine’s week and some great events happened that week.

WBON ladies with Megan Huber

WBON ladies with Megan Huber

First of all, WBON of Cary held their February meeting at Prestonwood Country Club and had over 50 ladies in attendance!  Our speaker was Megan Huber and she did a great job talking to the ladies about “Getting Back to the Basics of Business”…in other words, what is it about your business that you love and enjoy?  Make sure you are doing those things daily!  Since the WBON meeting was held on the 13th, I contacted one of my clients, The Flower Cupboard, and ordered fresh roses for everyone that had RSVP’d for the luncheon.  They were a wonderful token of love to give to the ladies as they left.  Thanks to Jon Van Denise, owner of The Flower Cupboard, for helping me with the roses.  They were simply beautiful and we loved the pastel colors, a nice change from the typical red.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet too for the super cute Juicy Couture heart sweater dress that I wore to WBON, it was a great fit and very easy to wear on such a busy day!

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club

On Valentine’s Day I was in charge of the program that night for my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  I had some issues booking speakers, I was trying to go with the theme of “love and passion” but with some bad luck, I had three different speakers book and then cancel.  So on Wednesday night, I was racking my brain on an excellent speaker who I could call last minute…and I thought about the perfect person!      Dr. Kevin Snyder!

Kevin & CG

Kevin & CG

I met Kevin in the Fall of 2012 when he first visited our Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club and then again when he was a dynamic speaker for WBON of Cary.  I called Kevin and he graciously agreed to speak on Valentine’s night to our club.  Sometimes things really do work out and I’m actually glad that the other speakers canceled and Kevin was able to speak b/c he was soooooo great!  Kevin talked with our club about PASSION and having the drive to reach your dreams.

Kyle, Kevin and Susan

Kyle, Kevin and Susan

 

 

He shared his super cool story about his dream from the age of 11 to be on the Price is Right and shake hands with Bob Barker.  I had heard him talk before, but it was great to hear again!  At the end CG Caldwell, our Sergeant of Arms, presented Kevin with a book for him to sign that will be donated to Hope Elementary School in downtown Raleigh.  Kevin also stuck around after the meeting to talk with members and expressed an interest in joining our club! He would make a great member!  Here is a nice picture of Kevin with Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club members Kyle Smith and Susan Pruskin.  Thanks again so much Kevin!  We’d love to have you as a member!

MGC dressed for Valentine's Day!

MGC dressed for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

So Valentine’s Day 2013 went just wonderful!  I was surprised with a nice bouquet of flowers from Blake & our boys earlier in the week and we went to Build-A-Bear Workshop in Crabtree Mall and then dinner at Carolina Ale House in Crossroads later over the weekend.  Thanks again to My Girlfriend’s Closet for the cute black & white polka-dot dress that I wore on Valentine’s Day!  I added a cute red cardigan and red platform pumps to spice it up!

 

 

 

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So much going on all around, hard to cover it all!  This will be a good blog to just catch you up on this and that…and more! 

Blake and I are now officially part of the Wake County School System

GoPlaySave Book

Trent started kindergarten on Track 4 earlier this month and he is loving everyday of it!  We laughed though because the first week seemed like it was nothing but paper work and writing checks!  We are now in a good swing of things and very happy with his adjustment to school.  He’s participating in his school’s fundraiser of selling the GoPlaySave coupon books (formerly Citipass).  We love these books and usually buy one every year.  We’ll buy one this year to support his school and I look forward to using it as much as possible.  Let me know if you are interested in buying one!

Jonesboro Rotary Club

I had a nice opportunity last week to visit the Jonesboro Rotary Club (located in Sanford, NC).  I traveled there with another fellow Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club member, Tom Quinn, to present the Global Run 4 Water presentation.  What a nice club and they were so very welcoming.   Our presentation was well received and we are looking forward to their support on Sunday, September 30th.  I was slightly obsessed with this bright yellow shift dress that I found at My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex!  Thank you Lois and team for helping me style & accessorize this beautiful dress!   I had lots of compliments all day long!  Check out My Girlfriends’ Closet of Apex on facebook…they are close to having 800 ‘likes’!!!!

 

Cary Innovation Social Media Class

I also attended a social media class at the Cary Innovation Center last week.  It’s always a good idea to keep up with what’s happening with social media, mainly because it is forever changing and forever growing.  The class was taught by Hal Goodtree of Cary Citizen, and was a good overview of “Intro to Social Media for Business”.  He covered such topics as: 1) why bother with social media, 2) stuff you don’t need and 3) top 5 website tips & top 3 security tips & top 4 engagement tips.  I saw several other friends and local business leaders at the class and had a nice photo taken with Lindsey Chester (Cary Citizen), Christie Moser (Cary Chamber) and Autumn LaBarca (Capital Financial Advisory Group). Thank you again to MGC in Apex for this dressy & perfectly business-casual dress & fabulous necklace!  Have you shopped there yet??!?!?!

 

Dollar Plus

Last but not least, very proud of my cousin, Jenny Fountain, for getting her first teaching job!  Jenny graduated earlier this year from USC (Game Cocks!) with her teaching degree and is now working as a RTI teacher for an elementary school in South Carolina.  She’s every excited and took last week to get her room & classroom plans together. I wanted to help her with some items for her classroom, so she sent me a list of items she needed. I went to a fairly new store in town called Dollar Plus.  This is a family owned store and it has just about everything (back to school supplies, party supplies, home goods, holiday, cards/gifts, closeouts, etc.)  I was able to find a good amount of items on Jenny’s list and sent her a care package full of goodies.  Cheers to a great first year of teaching Ms. Fountain!!!!!

 

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