Prichard ornament

The historic Prichard High School is the subject of the first in a planned series of limited edition ornaments commissioned by the Carter County Kiwanis club. There will be a total of 288 brass and color enamel ornaments created for the first entry in the series.

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The Carter County Kiwanis Club wants you and your family to start a new Christmas tradition. It's one that will give you something to look forward to, while also stoking the fires of nostalgia. And you can hang it on your tree.

The Kiwanis Club is starting what they hope will be a reoccurring annual event – the sale of limited edition Christmas ornaments celebrating historical buildings and locations around Carter County.

The first ornament in the series, the old Prichard High School, will be featured on a brass ornament with colored enamel, in a limited series of 288 pieces, explained Kiwanis president Willis Johnson.

The ornaments, which measure three and a quarter inches wide by two inches tall, are being sold via pre-order at a cost of $13.50 each.

Pre-orders may be made through any Kiwanis member, or at a number of businesses and other locations around the county, Johnson said. These locations include the Carter County Public Library, David Hayes flooring installation, Horton Brothers & Brown pharmacy, First National Bank of Grayson, Commercial Bank of Grayson, City National Bank, Hogs Trough Restaurant, through Mindy Woods-Click at the Grayson Gallery & Art Center or the Tourism Cabin in Grayson, and Homespun Sisters.

Ornaments may also be reserved directly through Johnson by calling him at (606) 255-0297.

“We've got a lot sold already,” Johnson said, noting that the ornaments should be delivered by the first week of December, in plenty of time to find a place on Christmas trees throughout the county.

The funds raised with the ornament sales will go toward the local Kiwanis Club's mission of improving opportunities in the lives of schoolchildren throughout the county.

Some of the projects the club already has underway for children in the county include a program for providing families with new bedding for children in need, a tricycle program for special needs students, and a program that will provide computers for use in the home of students who don't currently have access to a personal computer outside of school.

If orders for this first ornament in the series are well received, Johnson said, the club plans to feature a different building each year moving forward, with the historic Olive Hill High School building on the hill overlooking the town planned for one of the future ornaments.

Contact the writer at jwells@journaltimes.com.

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