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Special-needs children featured in Sept. 24 fashion show

SALISBURY — Partners in Learning and local businesses will present the annual “Just As I Am” fashion show featuring special-needs models on Sept. 24.

Trinity Oaks will host the show, which will feature more than a dozen young students with all donations going to the scholarship fund that assists families with special-needs children.

The fashion show will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Oaks on Klumac Road.

Norma Honeycutt, Partners in Learning executive director, said the organization has made a few changes to the program, including timing and adding a social mixer and silent auction. There will also be a dinner interspersed with fashion show activities.

“We are looking forward to an inspiring and beautiful fashion show featuring many of the children that we serve,” Honeycutt said. 

The annual fashion show is in memory of alumni Jacob Usher, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 7. 

Partnerships are still available and include seating for dinner and company branding at the show. Individual seats are available by calling 704-638-9020 or visiting the organization’s website, www.epartnersinlearning.org

Ashley Currin will emcee the fashion show. A Rowan County native, she re-established her roots in her hometown six years ago when she and her husband, Madison, moved from Raleigh and bought a home here.

Currin is senior corporate counsel for North America at Gilbarco Veeder-Root at its global headquarters in Greensboro.

Currin serves on several boards in the community, including those of the Pregnancy Support Center and Crosby Scholars. 

“I am full of energy and believe having fun, loving what you do and having a can-do personality makes for success,” Currin said.

Currin has three sons: Parker, 8; Finley, 5; and Grayson, 8 months. 

Partners in Learning is a nonprofit organization focused on early childhood care, intervention and education. Its programs include inclusive classrooms, wellness programs, specialized services, parent-teacher training programs, and family support groups. 

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