By Ashley Rader
Seven Carter County non-profit agencies focused on causes ranging from music to the homeless have been awarded grants totaling $10,000 by the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation.
The agencies were recognized for the contributions to the community during a reception Wednesday afternoon.
Grants were awarded to the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club, Carter County government, Cloudland High School, East Tennessee Spay and Neuter, Friends of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, The Shepherd’s Inn and the Watauga Historical Association.
The Boys and Girls Club received $1,200 for Project LEARN, which will provide resources for youth to improve their grades by giving them homework help, tutoring and academic mentoring.
Boys and Girls Club Director Ginny Wright said Project LEARN would be used by the after-school and summer program students and would incorporate learning into everyday activities. Wright said the program would help the students at the Boys and Girls Club stay on track with their grade level.
“Our goal is for every student that comes to the Boys and Girls Club to graduate on time with a post-secondary education plan,” Wright said. “We aren’t school, and we don’t want to replace school, but we do want to help students stay on track.”
The Carter County government received $2,000 for the inmates’ garden at the Carter County Detention Center.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the inmate garden helped to give the inmates a sense of accomplishment and to lower the cost of feeding the hundreds of inmates in the Carter County Jail.