Churches Donate $2,000 to Meadowbrook Elementary

img_0225Kindergarten and first grade teachers at Meadowbrook Elementary School were surprised with a $2,000 donation from two local churches on Monday, November 21.

Morningstar United Methodist Church and Plains United Methodist Church received a grant from the United Methodist Church – Smoky Mountain District for $1,000 to be given to a local cause.

“Literacy rates are such a crucial indicator of future success in children and their communities,” Morningstar Rev. Nicole Jones explained. “When children develop a love of learning at a young age, it creates a foundation for them to be lifelong learners. It just made sense for us to use this opportunity to support our local elementary school.”

Jones, along with Plains United Methodist Rev. Zack Christy, challenged their congregations to match the $1,000 grant.

“Between members of our two churches, we were able to raise $1,000 in just two weeks,” Christy said. “Our congregation averages about 60 people per week, so it was amazing to see their generosity and excitement to help our area children.”

The $2,000 donation will be split among two kindergarten and two first grade classrooms at Meadowbrook to purchase high-interest, non-fiction books.

“This donation shows our teachers that the community sees and appreciates their hard work,” Meadowbrook Principal Stephanie Mancini said. “I continue to be blown away and inspired by the involvement of our community.”

Jones and Christy said they hope to continue giving a monetary donation to the school each year, and plan on focusing on different grade levels.

In an effort to further support Meadowbrook’s teachers, Canton Missional Network churches, including Morningstar UMC and Plains UMC, are working to organize a Paper Town Paper Pounding event on December 19. Teachers will be able to “shop” for school supplies for their classrooms at the event.

Paper and school supply donations can be taken to any of the 18 churches belonging to the Canton Missional Network or to Meadowbrook Elementary School before December 19.


Haywood County Schools Foundation Awards $35,000 in Grants

hometrustHaywood County Schools Foundation gave more than 170 grants to teachers totaling more than $35,000 for the 2016-17 school year.

This year, grants were sponsored by Duke Energy, Evergreen Packaging, First Citizens Banks, HomeTrust Bank, and QuickDraw. The grants fund resources for teachers to enrich the learning experience for their students.

Teachers across the district applied for the grants this fall, and winners were selected after committees representing each grant reviewed applications. The teachers who won grants were invited to a Teacher Grant Recipient Reception at Pisgah High School on November 15.

“Thanks to the QuickDraw grant, my students will be traveling around the world,” Carrie Hooper, art teacher at Clyde, North Canton, and Meadowbrook elementary schools, said with a smile. “We’re currently in Mexico studying the work of Frida Kahlo, and then we’re off to Japan.”

Hooper hopes that the grant will help give her 1,200 young students insight into not only different styles of art, but also different cultures and countries that most have never visited.

Grants ranged from $400.00 to fund portable weather stations at Central Haywood High School, to $412.20 to purchase frogs for an anatomy unit at Canton Middle School, to $172.22 for partner reading books at Bethel Elementary School.

“Our Haywood County teachers put forth so much effort and dedication to their students,” Kevin Wells, First Citizens Bank senior vice president, said. “We are happy to help provide some additional resources to our teachers, so they can continue to provide a first-class education to our children.”

Each grant sponsor has different requirements and focuses of study. The Duke Energy grant provides funds for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education projects and programs. Similar to Duke Energy, the Evergreen Packaging grant focuses on projects that promote math and science. The First Citizens Bank grant provides funding to schools and teachers for reading initiatives. Professional growth and development is the focus of the HomeTrust Bank grant. The QuickDraw art grant provides funds for art teachers to purchase materials for art education projects.

Sally Hundley, STEM teacher at Bethel Middle School, has received several Haywood County Schools Foundation grants in the past. This year, she was awarded the Evergreen Packaging Math and Science grant, Duke Energy STEM grant, and HomeTrust Professional Development grant. All the grants Hundley was awarded were for different projects and workshops she plans to implement in her classroom.

“With the Duke STEM grant, our classroom is going to get a Sphero robot. It’s from the same company that made the BB8 robot from Star Wars,” Hundley explained. “Students will program the Sphero in a classroom project to simulate relief mapping of the ocean floor. Thanks to this grant, our students are getting to use the most up-to-date technology out there.”

Hundley co-wrote the Evergreen Packaging Math and Science grant with Science Teacher Amy Harrington. Using the grant funds, they will purchase Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers for the classroom.

“The Google Cardboard virtual reality viewers will open up a whole new world of learning for our students,” Hundley explained. “They can take a trip through the circulatory system or visit the pyramids of Egypt using this technology.”

If you would like more information about funding classroom projects, contact Haywood County Schools Foundation Executive Director Jenny Wood at 828-456-2400.

 

2016-17 Duke Energy STEM Grant

Grants were handed out to the following educators:

  • Wanda Burns, WMS
  • James Davis, THS
  • Jennifer Davis, Junaluska
  • Valerie Guyer, North Canton
  • Amy Harrington and Sally Hundley, BMS
  • Ira Hyde, Junaluska
  • Kaitlyn Otey, Bethel
  • Kendra Plemmons, BMS
  • Rachel Rizoti, Jonathan Valley
  • Eric Sollie, THS
  • Wendy Underwood, Clyde
  • Megean Wantz, Clyde
  • Amanda Wells, WMS

 

2016-17 Evergreen Packaging Math and Science Grant

Grants were handed out to the following educators:

  • Sally Hundley, Ron Hundley, and Amy Harrington, BMS
  • Kristin Buff, Hazelwood
  • Lisa Cleaveland, Jonathan Valley
  • Matthew Clements, WMS
  • Haley Cox, Bethel
  • Jan Davis, Clyde
  • Linda Estes, WMS
  • Barry Feldman, CHHS
  • Valerie Guyer, North Canton
  • Cynthia Haney, Bethel
  • Karen Hopkins, Bethel
  • Tammy Little, WMS
  • Patrice McCoy, WMS
  • Kaitlyn Otey, Bethel
  • Jerren Pittaluga, WMS
  • Yvonne Plemmons, THS
  • Randall Pressley, THS
  • Shannon Rock, Bethel
  • William Saxon, WMS
  • Timothy Shepard, PHS
  • Julie Smith, BMS
  • Chase Smith, PHS
  • Penny Squires, PHS
  • Amy Tiller, CMS
  • Haley Watts, Riverbend
  • Amanda Wells, WMS

 

2016-17 First Citizens Bank Reading Grant

Grants were handed out to the following educators:

  • Lisa Crockett, County-wide
  • Jennifer Davis, Junaluska
  • Hayley Donaldson, Bethel
  • Cynthia Haney, Bethel
  • Stacey Hembree, Jonathan Valley
  • Karen Henson, Bethel
  • Misty House, Meadowbrook
  • Karen Kreitzburg, WMS
  • Kaitlyn Otey, Bethel
  • Julie Smith, BMS
  • Sarah Souderes, Hazelwood
  • Wendy Underwood, Clyde
  • Mandy Williamson, Hazelwood

 

2016-17 HomeTrust Bank Professional Development Grant

Grants were handed out to the following educators:

  • Sherry Banks, THS
  • Christine Basulto, WMS
  • Armando Basulto, WMS
  • Jeff Battle, CMS
  • Caroline Bethea-Brown, CHHS
  • Valerie Blazer, Riverbend
  • Deidra Boone, BMS
  • Martha Brown, WMS
  • Pamela Bryant, WMS
  • Phyllis Burchfield, Bethel
  • Lisa Burgin, THS
  • Noal Castater, WMS
  • Alda Chambers, Meadowbrook/PHS/THS
  • Anita Clark, BMS
  • Carol Clarke, Hazelwood
  • Kathryn Clontz, County Wide
  • Jennifer Cody, BMS
  • Bethany Coleman, WMS
  • Nicole Conner, Hazelwood
  • Lisa Cook, PHS
  • Angie Corn, BMS
  • Lindsey Costner, BMS
  • Jessica Coward, CMS
  • Marlene Creary, Junaluska
  • Mary Lou Cunningham, WMS
  • Roberta D’Alesandro, THS
  • James Davis, THS
  • Jennifer Davis, Junaluska
  • Gretchen Denton, BES/BMS
  • Linda Estes, WMS
  • Emily Fama, BMS
  • Barbara Fowler, THS
  • Amy Garner, THS
  • Carol German, CMS
  • Matthew Golden, BMS
  • Daniela Grant, WMS
  • Misty Griffin, WMS
  • Valerie Guyer, North Canton
  • Cynthia Haney, Bethel
  • Rhonda Haney, WMS
  • Amy Harrington, BMS
  • Lori Heatherly, WMS
  • Teresa Heinz, CHHS
  • Sandra Hermida, WMS
  • Rosemary Houston, BMS/CMS
  • Ron Hundley, BMS
  • Sally Hundley, BMS
  • Ira Hyde, Junaluska
  • Dillon Ingles, THS
  • Lara Ernest, Karen Langley, John Serenius, Jonathan Valley
  • Judy Johnson, Riverbend
  • Karen Jones, BMS
  • Kristin Kane, WMS
  • Michelle Knapik, BMS
  • Karen Kreitzburg, WMS
  • Cynthia Lanning, WMS
  • Lisa Lawrence, CMS
  • Eunice Ledford, Junaluska
  • Tammy Little, WMS
  • Jennifer Mabry, BMS
  • Michelle Mahoney, PHS
  • Jill Mann, Hazelwood
  • Candy McCoy, RIverbend
  • Crystal McCracken, BMS
  • Angela McHenry, Bethel
  • Jennifer Mehaffey, WMS
  • Vicky Messer, WMS
  • Robbie Metcalf, CMS
  • Christy Mitchell, THS
  • Laura Beth Moody, Bethel
  • Sandra Myers, CMS
  • Paula Nichols, Junaluska
  • Tonya Oldham, WMS
  • Tara O’Loughlin, WMS
  • Anita Painter, CMS
  • Elise Parham, BMS
  • Shawn Parris, BMS
  • Jennifer Parton, WMS
  • Jerren Pittaluga, WMS
  • Kendra Plemmons, BMS
  • Angela Pless, THS
  • Frank Pollifrone, WMS
  • Spencer Reeves, BMS
  • Jennifer Reeves, WMS
  • Kathy Robinson, THS
  • Shannon Rock, Bethel
  • Robin Rogers, THS
  • Gloria Rose, Clyde
  • Jackie Roten, WMS
  • Tonya Shepard, CMS
  • Kelsey Shepherd, WMS
  • Kim Shipman, Bethel
  • Mary Ann Shoaf, Child Nutrition Services
  • Karma Shuford, BMS
  • Julie Smith, BMS
  • Rebecca Smith, BMS
  • Chase Smith, PHS
  • Penny Squires, PHS
  • Adam Stewart, WMS
  • Dorine Styles, Bethel
  • Elke Tate, WMS
  • Lisa Thompson, Junaluska
  • Amy Tiller, CMS
  • Norma Warren, CMS
  • Amanda Wells, WMS
  • Rhonda Wester, CMS
  • Brenda Wheeler, BMS
  • Betty White, WMS
  • Melissa Williams, BMS
  • Namchuam Williams, Junaluska
  • Mandy Williamson, Hazelwood
  • Tim Wise, THS

 

2016-17 QuickDraw Art Education Grant

Grants were handed out to the following educators:

  • Julie Buchanan, Junaluska/Hazelwood
  • Kara Faust, CMS
  • Jessica Hauser-Flinchum, PHS
  • Carrie Hooper, Clyde/Meadowbrook/North Canton
  • Stephanie Kea, THS
  • Dustin Keyes, BMS
  • Tara O’Loughlin, WMS
  • Caroline Ottinger, Bethel/Jonathan Valley/Riverbend

Bringing the Ocean to the Mountains

upwelling-1-1Teams of student scientists at Bethel Middle School studied the complex ocean upwelling process with an interactive lab provided by the Haywood County Schools Foundation Evergreen Packaging Math and Science grant.

Using plastic containers, water, straws, food coloring, and a hair dryer, eighth graders created mini oceans.

“During our hydrosphere unit last year, Mr. Hundley and I discovered that upwelling was a difficult concept for many of our students to visualize. Since we don’t live in an area dependent on upwellings for fishing, we wanted to bring the concept to life,” Amy Harrington, eighth grade science teacher, said. “We were thrilled to receive the Evergreen Packaging grant last year, and it will continue to impact our classes for years to come.”

In small groups, students compared ocean shore environments. In two tubs filled with room temperature water, students added cold, colored water to the end of the tubs.  The cold, colored water represented nutrient-rich water that is denser and usually stays at the bottom of the ocean.

In the experimental tub, students created offshore ‘wind’ using a straw to blow across the surface of the water. Students saw that the cold, nutrient-rich water came back up toward them as an upwelling.

Upwellings bring nutrient-rich bottom waters to the surface of the ocean. Plankton feed on the nutrients, and in turn fish feed on the plankton. The resulting environment tends to be rich in fish and other sea life.

As a finale, the entire class created a larger upwelling demonstration using a hair dryer to represent offshore winds.

“I like doing labs because it’s fun and it helps me learn to see things like upwellings,” Sydney Shumolis, a student in Harrington’s class said.

Last year, Harrington and math teacher Ron Hundley received the Haywood County Schools Foundation Evergreen Packaging Math and Science grant for lab supplies. This year’s students also gained a much deeper understanding of the upwelling process as a result.

The Haywood County Schools Foundation awarded more than $208,000 in grants to teachers, schools, and students for the 2015-16 school year. Each fall, teachers and faculty may apply for five different grants through the Foundation, including the Evergreen Packaging Math and Science grant.


Costumes and Candy and Books, Oh My!

img_0186Dr. Seuss characters, ponies, witches, and soccer players gathered in the library at North Canton Elementary School on Friday, October 28 to listen to the book “Fancy Nancy.” Everyone from pre-kindergartners to fifth graders to the principal dressed up as their favorite book character for the school’s second annual Book-o-ween.

“Book-o-ween is a chance for our students to read something that they might not normally pick out,” North Canton Media Specialist Valerie Guyer explained. “I hope that they gained more knowledge today and had fun dressing up.”

To the delight of students, all of North Canton’s faculty and staff dressed up. The front office staff, including Principal Belinda Trantham, greeted students in a morning assembly dressed as Wizard of Oz characters. Grimley, the school’s unofficial dog mascot, even played the part of Toto.

After the morning assembly, students excitedly rotated through classrooms to listen to a variety of books. By the end of the day, students had heard 10 different books, including favorites like “The Day the Crayons Quit,” “Amelia Bedelia,” and “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.”

“My favorite book I heard today was ‘The Hallo-Weiner,’” Lilly, a first grader who was dressed as Dr. Seuss’ Thing 2, said with a smile. “It was about a dog who rescues his friends on Halloween.”

North Canton was one of several Haywood County Schools that hosted a Book-o-ween event.


Hard Hat Required: Construction Career Days

img_0174Backhoes and boom trucks took center stage at Western North Carolina’s Construction Career Days on October 12 and 13 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

The career fair brought out more than 1,100 students from 17 surrounding counties. Area schools that participated included Tuscola, Pisgah, and Central Haywood high schools.

“The Construction Career Expo is a great opportunity for our students to see what is available to them,” Central Haywood High School Principal Rodney Mashburn said. “They have access to local employers, and they’re able to ask questions about the types of jobs that are available.”

Students were given 1.5 hours to talk with more than 30 local and state businesses and organizations in the main building. They learned about everything from how to wire a basic switch to how to become a mason.

Their remaining 1.5 hours was spent operating cranes, backhoes, and other equipment in a hands-on environment.

“I really liked getting to operate the different construction equipment, but my favorite was the tire changing challenge with the NASCAR Technical Institute,” Jay Bradley, a Pisgah senior, said. “I’ve already been accepted to the automotive diesel technology program at Ohio Technical College, so this was like a preview of what’s to come.”

Among the businesses and organizations at the Construction Career Expo was Starr Electric Company, one of the largest and oldest commercial and industrial electrical contracting companies in the Southeast.

“Students have shown a keen interest in the trade,” Jermaine Roach, Starr Electric corporate recruiter, said. “We’re searching for people who want to come work with us right out of high school and also for those interested in attending a four-year university for something related to electrical engineering.”

Roach even made a standing job offer to a high school student on the first day of the career fair based on the student’s interest and demeanor.

The lead sponsor of the Construction Career Expo was Education Services Unlimited, a Mt. Holly education consulting business owned by Tim Eldridge.

Eldridge has been involved with Construction Career Days since it began in 2000. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) created the event, but was unable to continue the career fair after 2012 due to changing focus on education outreach.

Eldridge said he was happy to step in as the event coordinator this year and bring Construction Career Days back to Western North Carolina after a four-year hiatus.

“It’s great to see our students using their hands to open their eyes to career opportunities that they didn’t even know about,” Eldridge said. “I’m happy to help the students in Western North Carolina because they are so driven, and they deserve the same opportunities that other students have in the state.”

Eldridge said he hopes to organize another Construction Career Days in the spring of 2018.

Construction Career Days is one of several career-driven events that Haywood County Schools participates in to expose students to a variety of career fields.


Tuscola Students Test Richland Creek

img_7331Tuscola High School students have been wading the waters and studying the health of Richland Creek over the past several weeks.

The outings to Richland Creek bring curriculum to life in Susanne Miller’s earth/environmental science classes.  Students learned to determine stream velocity, discharge, slope of the channel, depth, and width.

As students traversed the creek, they searched for macroinvertebrates, including water penny beetles and caddisflies.

The water chemistry was also tested during the students’ several trips to Richland Creek. Temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, presence of E. coli, nitrates, and phosphates were all observed. Students also took note of the suspended and bedload sediment.

During Miller’s second trip to the creek, her students teamed up with Cindy Shipman’s Exceptional Children (EC) class to discuss the creek’s ecosystem.

“Surface water studies is an integral part of our curriculum,” Miller explained. “By having my students teach Ms. Shipman’s students, my students reinforced what they learned on their first trip. Both classes worked well together, and I look forward to having them on future trips.”

Based on the tests and physical conditions observed by the students, they determined that Richland Creek is healthy.

The creek studies were funded in large part by Pigeon River fund grants written in conjunction with geoscientists from Western Carolina University.


Olympian Visits Bethel Elementary

olympics-192-copy-2A local Olympic silver medalist visited Bethel Elementary School to inspire students and share her love learning.

Lauren Tamayo, an Asheville resident, won a silver medal in cycling at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been a professional cyclist for 15 years.

More than 120 students who participated in Bethel Elementary’s summer reading program and summer camp were surprised by Tamayo last month at a party to celebrate their achievements.

Every summer, Bethel Elementary opens its library on Tuesdays for students to check out books and spend time reading with their families. Students who came to the library more than five times over summer break were invited to the reading celebration.

Tamayo talked with students about her Olympic experience and even passed around her silver medal.

“Our students were so excited to meet an Olympic athlete,” Diana Gray, Bethel Elementary media coordinator, said. “Students asked meaningful questions and left the celebration feeling like they could accomplish their goals.”

Tamayo told students that in her senior yearbook, she was quoted as saying that her dream was to compete in the Olympics. She emphasized that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.


WMS Resource Officer Recognized

img_3657-1School resource officers (SRO) do more than just enforce the law and maintain order at school. They educate students, form positive relationships with them, and inspire them to do the right thing.

Officer Dave Clancy was recently recognized by Waynesville Middle School (WMS) and the Waynesville Police Department for his positive and influential impact on WMS students.

Clancy has been the SRO at WMS for the past three years. It is not uncommon to visit the school on any given day and see him walking the halls and stopping to chat with students.

School resource officers check truancies, enforce state laws and school rules and are the first line of defense in the event of a dangerous situation.

“Law enforcement is very common in schools as a way to prevent crime from happening and to address situations that take place here,” Waynesville Middle School Principal Trevor Putnam said. “Officer Clancy’s dedication, skill, and hard work has helped establish links between community and school events to promote a safer school environment.”

Clancy views himself as more than just a police officer, and he strives to have a lasting impact on students’ lives.

“He regularly attends athletic and other special events, both to supervise, and to get to know our student population better,” Jennifer Mehaffey, WMS sixth grade teacher, said. “Although he is authoritative, Officer Clancy has a wonderful rapport with students. The students respect him because they know he always keeps their best interests in mind.”

Mehaffey and her fellow teachers were so appreciative of Clancy’s work with students and the help he provides WMS faculty, that she wrote a letter to the Waynesville Police Department about his contributions to the school.

“The safety of our students and staff is his number one priority,” Mehaffey said. “Our school, our students, and our community’s future are better because of the positive impact he makes.”

Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed and WMS Principal Trevor Putnam recognized Clancy and presented him with an award on September 27 at the Waynesville Police Department.


Haywood County Schools Grad Returns to Teach

img_0159As Jessalyn Rathbone sat at a table helping her students draw numbers, she recalled that even at their age, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. Although this is her first year of teaching, Rathbone is convinced that she has found her life’s passion.

“I knew I wanted to be a teacher before I even went to kindergarten,” said Rathbone, who is now an Exceptional Children’s teacher at Clyde Elementary School.

Although Rathbone has always had a passion for education, it was not until her younger cousin was diagnosed with a disability that Rathbone knew she wanted to teach special education.

“As I was continuously around people with special needs in school and in my family, my heart grew more than I ever could have imagined,” Rathbone said. “I knew that God had created me to teach special education.”

Each day as her students enter class, Rathbone greets them with a warm smile. She said her goal is to not only help her students learn, but to help them find joy in their lives.

As a recent college graduate from Western Carolina, Rathbone has brought a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for teaching to Clyde Elementary School.

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members in society because their efforts shape kids’ lives daily,” Clyde Principal Clint Connor said. “Ms. Rathbone is one of the most caring and dedicated beginning teachers in this business. We have recruited a gem here at Clyde Elementary.​”

As a beginning teacher, Rathbone said she has relied heavily on the support from her co-workers at Clyde Elementary.

“I love the sense of community that I feel at Clyde, and I’m thankful to work with such a strong and amazing team,” Rathbone said. “My students are also wonderful, and I can’t wait to watch them grow academically, physically, and emotionally over this school year.”

Rathbone’s class is comprised of 11 students in fourth and fifth grade with varying degrees of special needs.

“My hope is that all my students become valued members of their communities,” Rathbone said with a smile. “I want to show them if they set a goal, they can achieve it; just like I did when I became a teacher.”

Rathbone is a product of Haywood County Schools. She attended Meadowbrook Elementary School, Canton Middle School, and graduated from Pisgah High School in 2012.

Due to her strong academic performance, Rathbone was the recipient of the Altrusa Scholarship from the Haywood County Schools Foundation.

“The financial assistance I received from the Haywood County Schools Foundation helped relieve my family of some of the financial burden from college,” Rathbone said. “I’m so happy to be able to return to Haywood County and serve as a teacher in one of the best ranked school systems in the state.”

 


Kiwanis Club Distributes Dictionaries

015-1024x768In an effort to promote literacy and learning, the Waynesville Kiwanis Club delivered a dictionary to every third grade student in Haywood County Schools last month.

Throughout the month of September, teams of Kiwanis members visited nine schools to distribute free dictionaries to 569 students. Students were encouraged to use their dictionaries in the classroom and at home.

“The dictionaries are a gift to students that we hope they will use for years to come,” Bob Miles, Kiwanis Club dictionary chair, said. “Educators have told us that they view third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn.”

Since the dictionary program’s inception eight years ago, the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville has distributed 5,780 dictionaries to Haywood County Schools students.

After receiving their dictionaries, Junaluska Elementary School students listened as Kiwanis Club member John Franco explained the basics of using dictionaries.

He stressed to students that dictionaries are not just a list of words with meanings. They are tools that give students greater control over their own learning.

“In modern classrooms, students still enjoy holding a book in their hands where they can turn the pages and feel the cover and pages,” Junaluska Elementary School Principal Sherri Arrington explained. “Technology can assist students in spelling mistakes, but dictionaries provide the pronunciation of words, parts of speech, and great example sentences.”

Arrington said the dictionaries will also be helpful to the school’s bilingual students.

“We are so thankful to the Kiwanis Club for their donation,” Haywood County Schools Superintendent Dr. Anne Garrett said. “Community involvement is what makes our students and schools successful.”

The dictionary program is just one of the projects organized by the Waynesville Kiwanis Club that benefits the children of Haywood County. The annual Kiwanis Spring Fling Family Fun Day, backpacks for schools, the Christmas Parade, and the 5th Grade Spelling Bee all assist local children. In addition, the Kiwanis Club provides grants, mostly to schools, that total in excess of $35,000 annually.

The Kiwanis Club invites anyone who is interested in volunteering their time to better the community to their weekly meetings held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club.