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Michele Alderson, president for the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Inc., presented the future Hospice House in Franklin to the Franklin Kiwanis Club Tuesday, Oct. 8. After meeting in the living room of the future Hospice House, Kiwanis members toured the facility. The future Hospice House needs to raise $2.2 million to be able to receive a $1 million matching fund donation offered by the State Employees Credit Union. The future Hospice House in Franklin plans to offer a wide range of services for terminally ill persons approaching their final days and to relieve the burden for families caring for these patients. These services will also be available to patients requiring end of life services who have no family or other support systems.


On Oct. 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October Head Start Awareness Month. Thirty-one years after the proclamation, his words still inspire us to celebrate this great program: "Perhaps the most significant factor in the success of Head Start has been the involvement of parents, volunteers, and the community. Their commitment and the services provided by dedicated Head Start staff have been instrumental in creating a quality program that truly provides young children with a head start in life."

Macon Program for Progress has operated Head Start in Macon County since the inception of Head Start in 1965. Every year parents of young children enroll their children in a program that supports early childhood development, healthy families and preparing young children to enter kindergarten with school readiness skills.


As part of National Fire Prevention Week, held Oct. 6-12, Iotla Valley Elementary visited the Franklin Fire Department last week. Iotla Valley's kindergarten and first grade classes toured the fire department and learned fire safety tips.

Iotla Valley teachers Brandi Patton and Pam Shepherd, along with their teacher assistants, Linda Henry and Sherry Bateman teamed up with Franklin Fire Department volunteers David Rusch and Mike Shepard to give students a tour of the department.


Macon Early College's (MEC) student council wanted to kick off the year by giving back to the community. Since many MEC students volunteer at CareNet, the school decided that a canned food drive would be a great way to do just that.

The student council set up a competition between grades to see who could collect the most cans. The competition lasted the month of September.


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