Congratulations to our very own Rotarian Regina Hunter, who took home a whopping 17 ribbons for her entries in the canned food category at the 2015 NC Mountain State Fair this year, including Judges Choice for her garden potatoes.
The state fair, held every September at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC, features the "Farm to Fair" series of programs designed to educate, entertain and motivate consumers about the wonders and importance of agriculture in western North Carolina.
The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley presented two local charities with donations to help fund their ongoing missions. Representatives from the two grant recipients — Summit Charter School and the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau — were on hand to receive the grants and provide some information on how the money would be used.
Summit Charter School
Summit’s new director Danny Howell and board member Lynne Keating accepted the grant check on behalf of Summit Charter School. The money will go towards their iPads in the Classroom initiative, which aims to secure an iPad for every enrolled student. The goal, both were quick to note, was not to simply give free iPads to students, but to help further the educational goals of the school as a whole.
The iPad, with its easy-to-use touch screen technology, interactive-driven platform and handy portability, makes a perfect alternative to costly, bulky, and two dimensional textbooks. It also gives all children direct access to a wealth of school-approved educational and resource materials, as well as helping to streamline communications between teachers, students and their parents.
The $1500 grant from Cashiers Rotary will purchase 3 iPad airs. To find out how you can contribute, please visit www.summitschool.org.
Mountain Youth Charities / Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau
Marcia Shawler, president of Mountain Youth Charities, accepted the grant on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. The club has just finished its inaugural year and is honing in on the elements that will help them expand their reach in their second year of operations.
Like Summit, one of the greatest needs is giving its school-aged participants access to modern, reliable technology. To this end, Cashiers Rotary awarded the club a grant of $2500, which will go towards the purchase of new laptop computers that will be used in-house for tech-based learning programs.
If you’d like to contribute in any way, please visit www.bgcplateau.org.
To date, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley has raised and distributed more than $1 million to area charities and non-profits. The club meets every Wednesday morning at the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Highway 107. For more information on the club, its many service projects, or how to join, please call 828-399-9169 or visit www.cashiersrotary.org.