The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk is all about kids, and more than $60,000 in child-related grants is now going out to prove it.
Some 33 grants requested by teachers across the Avery County Schools system received funding.
More than 20 additional grants went out to programs and projects that impact the well-being of children and their families, while another six grants will receive funding later in the season — such as scholarships to Avery students, as well as Reading is Fundamental books to all pre-K through fifth graders.
Books, camps, school supplies and equipment all were pinpointed to receive extra funds. Food and feeding programs, special events, special facilities and special needs received extra cash to make them “better” for those who will benefit.
Funds from the club were earned by members through a variety of fundraising efforts, most especially the annual Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival. Other earnings came from the Fourth of July Duck Races, as well as selling programs at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.
Grant season begins in the fall with requests accepted until November 1. Funding decisions are made when total cash availability is known in January, and the funds to be awarded shortly thereafter.