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After years of volunteering with the Operation Christmas Child Program, Macon County resident Sierra Womack was able to see her hard work in action during a trip to Rwanda, Africa to deliver shoeboxes.

For years Womack was a part of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country that packed shoeboxes full of treats for children across the globe. Each year she would carefully select items to fit in a box to be given to a complete stranger. While her volunteer efforts were restricted to packing the boxes here, she always wanted to know more about the process and how the little gifts were delivered to children in the world. Well this year, she got the chance to find out.

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Shehva Kier, resident manager of Moody Home in Franklin, spoke at the Franklin Kiwanis meeting recently about the services provided to young mothers and their children.

Mothers, 18 years or older, who have custody of their children or are in the reunification process with the Department of Social Services and who are in need of a safe place to live may apply.

In addition to housing, the Moody Home enables the mothers to continue their education while learning life skills and gaining employment.

The women can complete an application themselves or can be referred. Applicants are interviewed, give personal references, submit to a background check, and sign a confidentiality agreement.

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Students at Mountain View Intermediate School (MVI) proved they love to read good books. Students completed the Rotary Reading Challenge hosted by the Daybreak Rotary Club of Franklin, reading more than 14,000 books.

Completing the reading challenge, which required students to read a minimum of 1,000 books, earned MVI a $5,000 grant through the Rotary Foundation’s Matching District Grant Program. The Daybreak Rotary Club provided $2,500 to match the foundation’s $2,500 grant. The funds were used to purchase 343 new books for the school’s library.

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The Village Square Art & Craft Show brings together artists and crafters from around the mountains for two days of family fun with fine art, folk art, crafts, demonstrations, food, and mountain music, June 14 and 15,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

No admission fee. Dogs allowed. Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine and N. 5th St. in Highlands.

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published: 10/18/2013
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