Foothills Kids Magazine, a nonprofit that provides free local educational content to schools in western North Carolina, announced a service area expansion to public schools in Alexander County. The magazine also announced the theme for its upcoming second issue: “The American Revolution in North Carolina.” The issue will be provided, in printed form, to students in grades 3 through 5 in all school districts in Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties.
Previously published as a supplement to the regional arts and culture magazine, “Foothills Digest”, “Foothills Kids” became a tax-exempt operation in 2020 with the aim of providing community content to students. “Foothills Kids” has been distributed to schools in Caldwell County and Catawba County and, with the help of new sponsorships from local businesses, will now expand to schools in Alexander County.
The upcoming 44-page fall issue will include non-fiction articles focused on historic North Carolina sites, stories of the American Revolution, historically-themed games, and fun, easy-to-do activities for families to learn together. Content will be aligned with the NC Standards curriculum in Social Studies and suitable for an upper primary reading level.
The fall issue is funded entirely by local businesses and individual donors, including Piedmont Natural Gas, Greater Hickory International Council, Hickory Asthma & Allergy, Sabrina Cook CPA, Martin Starnes & Associates CPAs, ImagineOne Hospitality, Catawba Pediatrics, UNC Health Caldwell, Wanzl North America, and attorney David Hood.
Foothills Kids is looking for volunteers of all ages to support its mission. Interested parties should contact the editor at [email protected]