Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has announced the results of the “in-depth regional tourism assessment study” officials have been working on with LMC & Associates, an integrated communications and marketing firm in Elkins. The goal of the study, which was conducted by distributing assessment studies to individuals who live in metropolitan areas within a five-hour drive of Randolph County, is to develop a brand for the area and obtain an understanding of the attitudes and perceptions out-of-state travelers have regarding the area.

Applause to the Beverly Book Mobile. Each child who visited one of the “bus stops” received a Christmas-themed book, bookmark and homemade Christmas cookies. The school collaborated with Jodie Parrack State Farm to purchase enough Christmas-themed books to hand out to 100 children in the area. “The goal of the Book Mobile is to provide access to reading materials and to encourage participants to become lifelong lovers of reading,” Lucy Godwin, Beverly Elementary teacher, said. “The Beverly staff thought a holiday run would be a great way to motivate students to read year round.” The Beverly Book Mobile has provided books to students and adults in the community for two years, with emphasis on the summer months.

Applause to the Tucker Community Foundation for providing more than $90,000 in grants for a total of 44 nonprofit organizations through its annual Fall Grant Program. The grants support arts and culture, education, emergency assistance, community and economic development, senior services, recreation and youth. The Fall Grant Program is open to any 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit or public agency in one of the eight counties served by the foundation, Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties, and Garrett County, Md. The grants can support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in their communities. The next grant cycle will begin in August.