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‘Spring Fling’ benefits local nonprofit preschool posted on 05/01/2019

As spring arrives and new growth appears on the mountain, a local nonprofit preschool and daycare in Welches prepares to raise funds for its young students with a spring dinner and fundraising event.

The Mount Hood Learning Center (MHLC) is hosting its second annual spring fundraising event from 5-9 pm on May 11, at Camp Arrah Wanna, located at 24075 East Arrah Wanna Boulevard, Welches. The event includes a “Spring Fling” dinner featuring food donated by local restaurants, as well as a plant sale and a silent and oral auction of goods and services donated by local businesses.

“We are one of the rare programs that offers a four-hour daily preschool program, which helps children better prepare for their school years,” MHLC representative Alicia Sperr said in an email. “Most of our preschool students transfer to kindergarten as top of their class in academics and readiness for school.”

MHLC was started in 2012 by a group of local mothers that saw the need for a preschool and childcare in the Welches community. The MHLC mission statement details the center’s commitment to “create a safe, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment in which children will develop school readiness skills, but will also foster a passion for learning through a hands-on program here in the Welches Community.”

MHLC is managed by a board of directors and an onsite main director, Heather Purnick.

The program is operated in space leased from Welches Elementary School but is not affiliated with the Oregon Trail School District.

The program currently serves approximately 100 children, including the childcare program, and is funded by tuition and donations.

“Donations help to keep the tuition affordable for parents so that more children may attend and receive care,” Sperr noted about the center’s funding.

The “Spring Fling” dinner and auction is MHLC’s main yearly fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the center. There is no admission for the event, but there is a cost for food, drinks and auction items.

The plant sale features landscape trees and shrubs donated by local nurseries. All items in the silent and oral auction are donated, including gift certificates to local restaurants, dinner cruises and condo packages at destination resort areas, such as Collins Lake Resort.

The fundraiser also includes a 50/50 raffle and passes to family fun adventures. The center is hoping to raise $15,000 at this year’s event.

“We look forward to seeing the community support at our event again this year,” Sperr said. She stated that each year has seen an increase in local residents attending the center’s community activities.

More information about MHLC and the upcoming fundraiser are available online at www.mthoodlc.com, on the MHLC Facebook events page, by phone at 503-668-3868 or by email at Mthoodlc@gmail.com.

By Benjamin Simpson/MT




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