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Conservation tips go home with students
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GAINESVILLE —Brochures giving water conservation tips likely will go home Friday with Gainesville and Hall County students.

The effort is part of a project between the districts to better educate students and their families about the area’s severe drought.

Students from both systems met Nov. 14 in a "water summit" to brainstorm ideas for the tip sheet, which can be downloaded in Spanish and English on the Hall County system’s Web site,

David Shumake, assistant superintendent for the Gainesville school system, said the city district probably will post the information on its Web site,, as well.

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce also worked with the school systems in the project.

The Nov. 14 meeting also featured officials from Gainesville’s public utilities department.

"Most water is used inside your home or business, so share these water conservation tips at home and in your workplace," states the brochure. "It’s a good idea to look around your home and business on a regular basis to check for water leaks."

Students also have videotaped public service announcements and taken part in other projects on the subject.