- The functional illiteracy rate in Charlotte County is approximately 18%.
- Thirty percent of the adult basic education students in our program read at or below a third grade level when they walk through our door.
- Since the Florida Legislature mandated last July that adult ed programs charge tuition, enrollment in adult education across the state is down 38%.
|Cake Concepts' Table|
The Festival had a tropical theme to add some visual stimulation to all that sugar. As people walked through the heart-festooned trellis, the first thing they saw was Cake Concepts' gorgeous table. In addition to providing 450 fabulous cupcakes, Lynn took the Best Decorated Table competition seriously and her tiered chocolate cake with a floral design was a knock-out. (And yes, they won the award, along with second place for Best Chocolate Treat.)
|Brazilian Chocolate Mousse|
The final competition was for Most Creative Chocolate Treat, and Charlotte Technical Center's Culinary Arts Program won the award for its margarita truffles. Since we have several former students in CTC's culinary arts program, we were particularly pleased to see them do so well (plus the chefs-to-be were very cute decked out in their white chef coats and hats.)
|My personal box of treats!|
At the end of the day, we raised approximately $6,000 in cold hard cash and--we hope--a much greater awareness about the need for adult literacy programs in Charlotte County. With tuition rates of $30 per trimester for students who have been Florida residents for at least one year and $120 per trimester for all others, these funds will help a lot of students. And Festival-goers walked away with a box of chocolate treats that should tide them over well past Valentine's Day. What can I say? It was one sweet event!