The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $3,130 to Jackson County 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.

Three Learning Links grants will support projects at Jackson Community School and Smokey Mountain Elementary School. The grants will fund field trips, drumming circles and historical Cherokee art lessons and materials.

“Teachers give so much of themselves to educate our children, and this has been especially evident during the pandemic,” CFWNC President Elizabeth Brazas said. “We are grateful to the generous people who created the endowments that provide support for enrichment and hands-on experiences that support the work of teachers and benefit students across Western North Carolina.”

Learning Links offers grants up to $800 per classroom to public school teachers in Jackson, Avery, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, 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 made possible by the Ben W. and Dixie Glenn Farthing Charitable Fund, Cherokee County Schools Endowment Fund, Leon C. and Grace E. Luther Charitable Fund and Fund for Education of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This year, 61 grants were awarded totaling $87,715.

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Last year, the Foundation facilitated $29 million in charitable giving.

For more information, contact The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina at 254-4960 or visit