Anniston’s Kiwanis Club member Steve Taylor knows of one reason why Anniston City Schools has seen a decline in the system’s truancy rate: pancakes.
For 34 years, the civic club has hosted an annual pancake breakfast that serves thousands. The event usually raises between $50,000 and $60,000, much of which pays for new clothes for children served by the Calhoun County Department of Human Resources.
When those kids have new clothes instead of worn hand-me-downs, they’re more likely to stay in school, according to Taylor.
“It makes a real difference,” he said.
The pancake sale ensures that Kiwanis Club members can provide $150 to $200 worth of clothes and shoes to about 150 kids.
According to Taylor, who has organized the pancake sale for five years, the club awards the rest of the money to organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
But to get that money, Kiwanis must sell about 14,000 pancakes and 9,000 sausages.
Taylor said that takes about 120 people working for two days as well as companies like Winn-Dixie, Food Outlet and Barber’s Dairy donating supplies.
“It’s just a great group of volunteers that are all civic minded,” he said.