Soda can tabs help fam­i­lies

County 4-H’ers col­lect tabs for a good cause

The Covington News - - SCHOOL BEAT -

New­ton County 4- H’ers re­cently col­lected 456 pounds of pop tabs for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House Foun­da­tion — earn­ing them top hon­ors in their 39- dis­trict com­pet­i­tive area.

Ge­or­gia 4- H’ers turned in a to­tal of 13,572 pounds of pop tabs — more than 17 mil­lion tiny tabs from aluminum cans — for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House on Peachtree- Dun­woody Road in At­lanta.

The house will re­cy­cle the tabs to ob­tain funds for the more than 800 onenight stays for fam­i­lies of chil­dren in lo­cal chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals.

The ser­vice project is part of an an­nual con­fer­ence of Ju­nior 4- H’ers in the sev­enth and eighth grades.

Lo­cal 4- H’ers Cati Ae­vali­o­tis, Jay Bab­cock, Katie John­son, Ma­chonna Jones, Mary Al­li­son Lathem, Des­tiny McKnight, Chelsee Nabritt, Kayla Nip­per, Shelby Pearl and Alexandra Phillips at­tended the week­end event.

McKnight helped plan and lead the con­fer­ence through her elected po­si­tion as North­west Dis­trict Ju­nior Board vice pres­i­dent.

Stu­dents also walked a mile to kick off the “ Walk Ge­or­gia” pro­gram, painted pet rocks for a chil­dren’s hospi­tal, wrote let­ters to sol­diers, dec­o­rated peach pit or­na­ments for the Fes­ti­val of Trees in At­lanta, learned about 4- H port­fo­lios, dis­cussed healthy liv­ing, made stress balls, danced, com­peted in the Clover Olympics and met more than 700 4- H’ers from across the state while stay­ing at Rock Ea­gle 4- H Cen­ter.

Lathem also rep­re­sented New­ton County dur­ing the week­end as a singer in the Ge­or­gia 4- H per­form­ing arts group, Clovers & Com­pany.

The pop tab col­lec­tion is an on­go­ing, an­nual project.

To do­nate pop tabs or for more in­for­ma­tion about 4H, call ( 770) 784- 2010.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Pop cul­ture: Sev­enth and eighth grade New­ton County 4- H’ers Shelby Pearl, front left, Alexandra Phillips, Chelsee Nabritt, Ma­chonna Jones and Kayla Nip­per, back left, Katie John­son, Jay Bab­cock and Cati Ae­vali­o­tis de­liv­ered 456 pounds of pop tabs to Rock Ea­gle 4- H Cen­ter on be­half of the New­ton County chap­ter of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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