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Wake merger – Backed by SAS

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Two Wake County nonprofits that work to keep youngsters in school are merging.

Community Learning Centers and Communities In Schools of Wake County are becoming Community Learning Partners of Wake County.

Community Learning Center, founded in 1997, provides educational programs and computer access to youngsters living in public housing in Raleigh.

SAS Institute, the Cary software maker, will provide $300,000 to the merged group, using proceeds from this year’s SAS Championship, a Senior PGA golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 17-23 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.

Community Learning Centers has centers in Chavis Heights and Heritage Park, with a third set to open in Mayview in September.

Communities In Schools aims to provide schools with mentors and other community resources.

Classy Preston, who has headed Community Learning Centers, is president and CEO of the merged group.

Communities in Schools has been without an executive director since Jenny Spiker resigned in April to pursue other interests.

Linda Harrill, president of Communities In Schools of North Carolina, says the merger brings the two Wake groups in sync with most local Communities In Schools groups, which already serve children living in public housing.

The Triangle Community Foundation, the tournament’s official charity sponsor, helped SAS identify charities to support with tournament proceeds.

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