Members of the Northern Jackson Board of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service voted unanimously at their annual organizational meeting in October, to donate up to $2,000 per public elementary school in Jackson and Swain counties for a total of up to $14,000 for 2013. Several options and organizations were considered by the Board for receiving the donations. In their considerations the Board recognized the growing continued needs in school funding and that each elementary school in the region had unique challenges that needed addressing. This led to the decision that the funds not be donated to one school or project, but to all area elementary schools to be used at their discretion. Leaders at each local elementary school were thrilled with the news of the donations, and may have already begun using the funds. Some schools are buying much needed supplies such as copy paper, tape, crayons, pens, pencils, and art supplies. Others, such as Scotts Creek Elementary School, are adding to their lacking library collections with much needed non-fiction books. Fairview Elementary School will be getting new readers that students could take home and begin to learn the importance of books and reading. The full list of area schools receiving donations includes Cullowhee Valley Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Scotts Creek Elementary, Smokey Mountain Elementary, Swain East Elementary, Swain West Elementary, and Blue Ridge Elementary. The Northern Jackson Board of Realtor members have already established that these are ongoing needs in local schools and are looking to make this an ongoing effort.