Introducing the inaugural


Benefiting the Summit Charter School Foundation and Cashiers-Highlands Non-Profits

The Summit Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that raises money to support Summit Charter School, a growing K-12 public charter school in Cashiers, N.C. Summit currently serves 239 students and 45 teachers, representing four counties in rural western North Carolina.

Summit Charter School (SCS) engages students in learning experiences that stimulate discovery, inspire excellence, and nurture a positive influence in an ever-changing world. Summit’s primary goals are to graduate students who are academically prepared, engaged in the community, healthy, and strong in character.

As a tuition-free public charter school, Summit receives only 75% of the public funding of a traditional public school and zero funding for capital improvements. To sustain the qualities of a Summit education and to ensure our children thrive, the Foundation must raise private funding on an annual basis to close the school’s funding gap.

In 2021, the SCS Foundation is thrilled to introduce a new and exciting fundraising event to benefit the school—as well as other non-profits across the Cashiers-Highlands plateau—the inaugural CASHIERS FESTIVAL OF TREES!

So, what's this event all about?

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The Cashiers Festival of Trees is a signature fundraising event featuring beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, décor items, children’s crafts, holiday performances, and activities. The multi-day event will bring together families, non-profits, businesses, and individuals to celebrate the holiday season with one-of-a-kind shopping and programming for all ages. This event will be marketed to thousands across the plateau and beyond.

While raising money for the school is the primary focus of the event, the SCS Foundation has decided to spread the holiday spirit of giving: when a non-profit decorates a tree or wreath, 20% of the item’s sale will go BACK to the participating non-profit, creating a collaborative initiative to benefit our fellow charities and their worthy causes. Supporting our entire community is very important to our cause and the school’s overall mission.   

Furthermore, the Cashiers Festival of Trees is intended to amplify opportunities for participants and guests to swell visitors and provide experiences that attract people to our area and support local businesses, merchants, restaurants, and other holiday events—such as the Village Green Tree Lighting and the Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau Bright Futures— while providing entertainment and uplifting moments for friends and families!


  • Volunteer!

    • Festival of Trees would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers. With a variety of events and jobs available, this is the perfect way to contribute to the community. Please email with your interest.

  • Can't Attend, but want to support us? 

  • Become a Benefactor ​

    • Benefactor Packages range from $500 to $15,000+ and the levels can be viewed and purchased by clicking here. Supporters can also mail a check payable to the Summit Charter School Foundation, P.O. Box 2493, Cashiers, NC, 28717.​



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