Thanks Joni Cannon of Cap the Gap for Foster Care-Carter, Johnson, Unicoi for updating the club on the mission and growth of Cap the Gap. This program supplements the services of Northeast TN Department of Children’s Services by providing resources and funding for tutoring, band instruments, sports equipment, birthday presents and more. This helps foster children establish a sense of belonging and a sense of self in what can be a very difficult time. Cap the Gap now partners with Isaiah 117 House, and together they are improving the quality of life for hundreds of children. Proud to have both of these organizations active right here in Elizabethton!
BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press
ELIZABETHTON — Earlier this month, the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club held an installation ceremony for a new Builders Club at T.A. Dugger Junior High School.
The members of the Kiwanis Club and the charter members of the new Builders Club met in the dining room at T.A. Dugger for the ceremony and to present the charter and banner to the club’s first officers.
The charter members are:
Sixth grade: Reygan Birchfield, Brayden Buckles, Caleb Campbell, Cooper Chinault, Amberlin Grindstaff, Hannah Hayes, Hayden Hensley, Baylor Hopland, Cooper Jack, Justin Porch, Zoe Proffitt, Jozey Reece, Savannah Smith and Ava George Wilber.
Seventh grade: Cadie Digby, Kyleigh Elliott, Corey Green, Nathan Greene, Tyanna Hitechew. Sophia James, Hannah Kyte, Makayla Payne, Nicholas Perry, Makenna Smith, Moriah Thomas and Bailee VanHuss.
Eighth grade: Izzy McQueen.
The first board of directors for the new club are: president: Izzy McQueen, vice president: Tyanna Hitechew; secretary: Makayla Payne; treasurer: Sophia James; sixthgrade director: Brayden Buckles; seventh-grade director: Cadie Digby; eighth-grade director: Izzy McQueen.
With the installation of the Builders Club at T.A. Dugger, the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club now has a club in each of the schools in the city. Harold McCormick has a K-Kids Club that has been active since 2001; West Side K-Kids has been active since 2004; The Key Club at Elizabethton High School has been active since 2006; and East Side K-Kids has been active since 2010. The Builders Club at T.A. Dugger completes the Kiwanis Club presence in the schools. The club also has a Key Club at Unaka High School in the Carter County School System.
On Tuesday, Sep. 18, Kiwanis Club held its regular meeting at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton. TCAT Elizabethton is one of 27 TCATs in TN. It offers 13 individual programs as well as additional online and evening programs. Appx. 450 students are in class daily participating in 16-month programs to earn industry certifications and job training for specific industries aligned to the needs of this region. The school boasts a 92% completion rate and 091% placement rate. 85% of TCAT students are eligible for TNPromise or TNReconnect, which allow them to attend school tuition-free. TCAT proudly partners with major industries to offer specific certifications and opportunities for its graduates. TCAT Elizabethton has one of the newest facilities in the state and is already outgrowing the building.
John Lee, the schools’ NC3 coordinator shared an exciting industry partnership announcement with the club that will be made public at the end of October. TCAT Elizabethton is one of five National Coalition for Career Certification Train the Trainer centers in the country.
BY CURTIS CARDEN, Elizabethton Star
An annual tradition took place Friday morning with the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club hosting their annual picnic for children in the community. A handful of children from Elizabethton and Carter County school districts were able to stop by for food and games at Cat Island Park in Elizabethton.
“We love having the opportunity to host this picnic for the children of Elizabethton City Schools and Carter County Schools,” said Kiwanis Club President Tyler Fleming. “I know we were able to serve a lot of food. I just think it’s great to see everyone come together like this to give back to our schools. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Fleming thank Kiwanians in attendance, along with Key Club members from Elizabethton and Unaka high schools, Chick-fil-A and Food City for helping make the event a success.
Kiwanis Club stays active in the community giving back to children’s charities. To learn more about the group, visit the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club Facebook page.
Crystal Carter, Director of United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County last week detailed the successes of the campaign last year and announced a larger fundraising goal of $130,000 this year. On top of financially supporting more than 10 local organizations annually, Uway also works within the community to create sustainable resources in areas like drug prevention, early literacy, access to potable water, clothing closets, and more. Carter has been Director for just over a year, and has significantly increased the role of Uway in the local community. This year, her focus is on early literacy and opioid addiction resources, in addition to campaigning for organizations like Red Cross, Isaiah House, CHIPs, Boys and Girls Club, and more.