New event aims to arm kids with academic success

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The First Annual Toast for Tots, an evening to benefit Smart Start of Mecklenburg County, will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 5Church in uptown Charlotte.

The event includes food, beverages and a silent auction. The goal is to raise funds to support services for young children and their families.

Smart Start of Mecklenburg County collaborates with valuable programs throughout the community to ensure that all children are ready to enter kindergarten.

"When children are prepared for school, they are more engaged in the learning process and enjoy their school experience," Pearl Houck told WBTV. "Statistical research shows they do well on end of grade proficiency tests, graduate from high school and become productive & engaged citizens. Economic development rests on the very important foundation of early care and education."