October 20 & 21, 2018

Join us for the 41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival sponsored by the

Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and the Avery Chamber of Commerce. The

Woolly Worm Festival promises fun for the whole family with Food,

Arts and Crafts, Music and Entertainment and the World Famous

Woolly Worm Races with the winning worm forecasting winter weather

for the High Country.  The Festival is held at the historic Banner Elk

Elementary School in downtown Banner Elk, N.Carolina.


   Highland Games

        July 9-12, 2016

   The 60th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland

   Games will be held at MacRae Meadows on

   Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. The

   Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk will assist by selling

   programs throughout the event.


Reading Is Fundamental

On February 9th the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club and Avery High School Key Club "rallied the troops" to work on the club's annual RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) project.  This year's RIF stats are as follows:
4,220 Books Purchased
$5,155.00 Cost (includes tax)
$1.20 Average cost per book

 This year our RIF program benefitted the following children:
Three RIF Days for all five of the Avery County Elementary Schools for students in grades PreK through 5th.
3 RIF Days for all students at Grandfather Academy.
3 RIF Days for all students in Grades K through 5 at Crossnore Academy.
3 RIF Days for all Head Start students at both the Crossnore and Pineola locations.

 This is the BE Kiwanis 25th year of providing RIF books to the children of Avery County.  Estimating a rough calculation of 4,800 books purchased each year for 25 years then the BE Kiwanis Club would have placed approximately 120,000 books in the hands of Avery County children over the last 25 years.


Trunk or Treat

The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk contributes

monies, equipment and people power to assist

the BE Fire Department Auxiliary and the Town of

Banner Elk with Trunk or Treat at the Historic

Banner Elk School, 5:00 - 8:00. Trunk display

setup is 4:30. Community members decorate the

trunks of their cars and pass out treats to the kids.

There are costume contests and hayrides for the

kids, and a haunted house for the teens. 

Participants are asked to plan on treats for at least

400 children.

The Eliminate Project

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

 Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk has risen to the challenge  of eradicating maternal and neonatal tetnus by becoming a Model Club.  In becoming a Model Club the BE Kiwanis Club has committed to raise $750 per club member over a five year period for the Eliminate Project. These monies will be in addition to the funds that the club raises for local child focused initiatives.

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July 4th Party in the Park

The Banner Elk Kiwanis is joining with the City of Banner Elk to provide a Star Spangled 4th for all. Beginning at 9:00 there will be a library book sale in the Tate Evans Park. The Annual 4th of July Parade is at 11:00.  Following the parade the excitement returns to the park where there will be food available for purchase and games provided for the children. Duck races will be held with tickets available for $5.00 per duck. Prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded for winning ducks.

Community Mini Grants

Funds distributed for 2015 mini grants totaled approximately $40,000.  Monies came primarily from Woolly Worm proceeds, and also from Party in the Park and program sales at the Highland Games

 Mini grants were given to teachers from five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.  These grants were used for projects which would have otherwise gone unfunded. 

 Other monies were given  for specific school activities such as:  Key Club (high school) support, HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth) leadership training (2 high school students),  RIF books (Reading is Fundamental),  college scholarship for one HS student, book scholarships to LMC for two Avery students, and funds for weekend backpack meals for elementary students.

Grants to: Feeding Avery Families, Reaching Avery Ministries and Volunteer Avery County (all for food/feeding programs), Avery Amigos, Wildcat Lake, Avery YO and Avery WOW programs, Beech Mountain Chamber (kite festival) Grandfather Home for Children, Yellow Mountain Enterprises, Trunk or Treat, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Avery Little League, and  Mayland Aktion Club.

Kiwanis One Day 2016

The 2016 Kiwanis One Day project was expanded to

include two community service projects. One Day

began with a club  breakfast at 8:00 Saturday

morning  at the Best Western.  At 9:30 two teams

of Kiwanis members and AHS Key Club  members

converged on the  Banner Elk Elementary School

 and the Avery County Library to work on

landscaping and other needed projects.  At the

elementary school an area was  cleared and large

rocks positioned to provide a raised bed for  students

to plant a flower garden.  At the library bushes were

trimmed and flower beds raked and readied for spring

flowers, A great deal was accomplished much to the

appreciation of  the BE Elementary Principal, staff and

students as well as the  Avery County Library staff.