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What's with the bumpy bookmarks?
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If your youngster came home last week with a “bumpy” bookmark, don’t be alarmed. It’s not a new kind of recycled paper. It’s not a bookmark with the measles or chicken pox. It is simply a bookmark filled with valuable information inside and out. On Read Across Liberty Day, we gave special bookmarks and thousands of books to children, courtesy of Target Distribution Center, the Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club and Prevent Child Abuse Liberty.
The books were a very special gift, but I think the bookmarks were also because they held a special surprise for each recipient. Through the help of the Retired Educators of Liberty County and members of Delta Sigma Theta as well as the excellent organizational skills of project coordinator Leah Poole, we were able to get a lot of books and bookmarks sorted and ready for more than 170 classes.
But let me get back to the bookmarks. On one side of the bookmarks are a number of tips for conserving and preserving water. Anyone from young children to those of us beginning to have “senior” moments can find everyday ways to use water sparingly. Did you know that the average American uses an estimated 100 gallons of water every day? That is incredible until you start thinking about the water it takes for showering, brushing your teeth, shaving, cooking, watering flowers or the lawn, cleaning house and, of course, drinking. So it does not seem so farfetched at all.
On the other side of the bookmark, we provided information about Earth Day in the Park, which is Wednesday, April 22. This is a free, fun day for kids and families to come out and celebrate all things “green.” Some of this year’s highlights include a sidewalk chalk art contest open to all ages, an environmental exhibit contest for local 4-Hers, music, food and raffle prizes every half hour. More than 60 exhibits, games and crafts will celebrate all things eco-friendly.
But once again, back to those bookmarks. Why are they bumpy? Well, they are not ordinary bookmarks. Once their information has been read, you can plant them. The bookmarks are imbedded with wildflower seeds, so plant them in some soil, keep them watered and in a few weeks, you’ll have flowers! Now that is some bloomin’ fun.
One other important event is planned for Saturday, April 25, in downtown Hinesville. The annual Hinesville, Highway 84 and more cleanup will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the old hospital site at the corner of Highway 84 and Fraser Drive. Last year, we had more than 200 volunteers help out and have some fun, but the more volunteers who participate, the more we can accomplish.
We have a number of “team coaches” who would love to hear from you and have you, your business, your family or your civic or church group sign up and join their “team” for this event.
“Wild” Will Carter, “Rabid” Robert Stokes, “Savage” Sylvie King, Wayne “The Warrior” King, “Reckless” Rene Harwell, Toby “The Terror” Mahan, Karen “the Krazy Motivator” Bell, Kickin’ Kim Sachau, Miranda “The Maniac” Sikes, Shannon “Mad Mama” Watson, Kris “The Kleaner” Samuel, “Superman” Steve Welborn and “Hoppin” Holly Stevens-Brown all want you on their teams. So, if you have not been recruited yet, please give one of them a call.
Our coaches are go-getters, but they need you to complete their teams. Join us in making our community shine the way it should.

More upcoming KLCB events that need your help:
• Through April 18: River of Words display at the Liberty County Library.
• Through May 15: Recycle 4 Liberty contest in schools. Schools will collect PET #1 plastic bottles and the tops of aluminum cans.
• April 18: Walthourville cleanup.
• April 18: Savannah Tech cleanup event and Celebration of the Young Child.
• April 25, 8:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.: Hinesville, Highway 84 and more day.
• April 22, 3-5:30 p.m. Earth Day in the park.
• Live Oak Photo Exhibit on display at Melon Bluff for spring hours through today: Noon-4 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays.
• April 26: Earth Day church bulletins will have inserts on environmental stewardship.
• May 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Gum Branch cleanup.

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 368-4888 or
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