Learning Links Grants totaling $113,191 Awarded to Regional Schools

(December 2023) – The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded 61 grants totaling $113,191 to regional schools from the Learning Links grant program. The grants provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students.

“The Learning Links grant program continues to thrive,” said Lezette Parks, Scholarship and Program Officer. “Teachers are constantly finding ways to engage their students. Based on the applications, the theme for this year is experiences - inside and outside the classroom. Teachers are planning creative projects and field trips that demonstrate to students that learning is exciting and impacts their lives. Students are encouraged to stay in school when they can apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them.”

Learning Links offers grants up to $800 per classroom to public school teachers in Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford and Swain counties to provide experiential learning projects for students. The goal is to increase students' enthusiasm for learning and school. The grants are funded through the Cherokee County Schools Foundation Endowment Fund, Fund for Education, Ben W. and Dixie Glenn Farthing Charitable Endowment, Leon C. and Grace E. Luther Charitable Fund and Clyde and Mildred Wright Endowment Fund. The Dr. Robert J. and Kimberly S. Reynolds Fund and Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund co-invested to fund the cycle.