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From left: Myra Meade, president of the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy and owner of Hall Book Exchange; Lynda Holmes, Literacy promotion chairwoman; Marcie Fletcher, regent of the Colonel William Candler Chapter of the DAR; and Dorothy Shinafeldt, executive director, Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy.

Hall County 4-H youth recently traveled to Rock Eagle 4-H Center to attend the Georgia 4-H Junior Conference, a 26-hour event filled with community service projects, classes, workshops and fun activities. Participants from Hall County were Isaiah del Campbell from East Hall Middle School and Cody Cornett from Chestatee Academy

Service projects, which were designed by 4-H’ers, provided participants with the opportunity to exhibit generosity and compassion. Together, 4-H’ers, staff and teen leaders wrote 111 letters for the Veteran’s Hospital, 228 anti-bullying posters for schools, 45 pillow cases for cancer patients, 100 journals for cottage, 66 terrariums for nursing homes and painted 150 flower pots for shut-ins.

In addition to service projects, 4-H’ers continued their tradition of collecting and selling pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Georgia. This year 4-H’ers collected 15,182 pounds of pop tabs with a total value of $9,500.

The date for next year’s Georgia 4-H Junior Conference has already been set for Nov. 3-4, 2012. Georgia 4-H provides fun, exciting and educational events year round for all youth ages 9 -19. For more information, call the Hall County 4-H office at 770-535-8291.

Lynda Holmes was recently announced as the grand prize winner of the Hall Book Exchange Reading Marathon. Holmes is the Literacy promotion chairwoman for the Colonel William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and had the most pledges, bringing the chapter’s total accumulated pledges to $1,100 in four years. Proceeds go directly to benefit the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy.

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