Several towns in Burke County will have regular bus routes before the end of the year is out. Western Piedmont Council of Governments announced it has received a $264,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem to implement fixed bus route services in Burke County. Sharon McBrayer, The News Herald, June 13, 2018
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Students at Icard Elementary recently were given the opportunity to understand how food is not grown in a grocery store, but cultivated locally at a farm and brought to their schools. Jonelle Bobak, www.Morganton.com, January 30, 2018
Investment Part of Long-Term Healthy Places NC Initiative
With support from the Trust, a local integrated care service provider is redesigning how to provide residents access to mental health and substance abuse treatment options. This investment is part of Healthy Places NC—the Trust’s long-term commitment to improving the health of residents in the state’s rural, under-resourced counties.
A widespread community collaboration between several different organizations has produced a result that will have a positive impact on Valdese residents for years to come. Tammie Gercken, The News Herald, November 2, 2016
Nearly 300 volunteers came together at New Day Christian Church to install a playground that will be open to the community. The playground, which has been named “Grace Place – The Freely Given, Unmerited Favor and Love of God,” includes a picnic shelter, stage and adult exercise stations. Tammie Gercken, April 15, 2016, The News Herald
Six local churches and the Burke County Health Department invite groups to step on board with a county-wide monthly walking challenge that renewed Wednesday, February 2.
The Burke County community, with support from the Trust, is working to promote active living and healthy eating, as well as grow and sustain local food systems and nearby agriculture as part of the county-wide effort to improve health. Trust funding will go toward promoting year-round physical activity for residents, establishing wellness programs, and educating residents about healthy food options. The grants are part of the Trust’s Healthy Places NC, a long-term initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and health in rural, financially disadvantaged North Carolina counties.
In a matter of hours Saturday, an empty plot of land on Warlick’s Church Road in Connelly Springs will be transformed into a place where childhood memories are made. A new playground will be built where kids and grown-ups can play and get exercise. Maureen O'Boyle, WBTV.com, November 12, 2015