The local chapter of the Elks Lodge received a grant to invest in area youth.
The group chose a local program called The Landing — a place where local pre-teens and adolescents can get together to socialize and talk about life.
“We’re not Bible pushers,” said organizer Amber Chavez. “We just get real.” Kids from 6th through 12th grades meet at the 121 Center at 6 p.m. every Tuesday.
This week, they had something a little extra in store for them. Local Elks Lodge Secretary Jody Westervelt said all chapters have an opportunity to write for grant funding to support local groups like youth or veterans.
“We were awarded $4,000,” Westervelt said. That money, Westervelt said, will be invested in the youth at The Landing.
“For Tuesday night, we are bringing in catering from Smokin’ Joes. Saturday night we will be taking them to Urban Air and providing pizza.”
On Sunday, Westervelt said a select group of kids will go to Hibbett Sports, where Elks Lodge members will be purchasing new shoes for them. “Hibbett has even agreed to give us a discount,” Westervelt said.
The weekend plans were announced at The Landing meeting on Tuesday night following the barbecue dinner.