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November 12, 2009|By JESS WEST / 301-988-0435

Reading to Make Cents



Book packets presented to each newborn at Washington County Hospital are entirely funded by the reading accomplishments of Washington County elementary students. The "Books for Babies" program sponsors a "Reading to Make Cents" contest. Students obtain sponsors to make pledges for every book they read during American Education Week, Nov. 15-22.

Elementary students can sign up sponsors from now through Nov. 22. Ask a child you know or call 301-791-5277 for more information. The effort supplies a double benefit by encouraging reading both at the beginning of the babies' learning experience and during later years in the school system. Companies in our area donate prizes for three winners at each participating elementary school as well as four countywide grand prizes. Each participant gets an individual prize.

South High PTA to meet today



The South Hagerstown High School PTA will be holding its November meeting today at 6 p.m. in the media center.

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The SHHS PTA would like to remind all SHHS family members that the A+ Program is available to relatives and friends of SHHS students and family. Please sign up as many family members and friends as possible.

Local fitness center is holding a food drive



Shape Up Shop Women's Fitness at 583 Northern Ave. is having a food drive during November. Community members are asked to bring in canned food donations to benefit the Community Food Bank. They will receive a coupon worth $5 off a membership fee for one month. Shape Up Shop Women's Fitness is now offering 24-hour automatic access.

Annual Kris Kringle Craft Show scheduled



The 26th Annual Kris Kringle Craft Show will be held at the Hagerstown Community College ARCC Nov. 21-22. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This year's show will offer more than 250 quality hand-crafters, wider aisles and larger booth spaces.

Admission costs $1, with all proceeds going to Hospice of Washington County. Parking will be free, and shuttle service will be available. Other free services include a shopping bag, gift wrap and package holding area. Free door prizes will also be offered.

Show organizers are also asking the community for non-perishable food donations and volunteers.

The food, distributed through Trinity Lutheran Church, will be donated to local families who are in need. Volunteers are needed for the gift wrap, door prize, and package holding areas at the show. This is an opportunity for local students who need service hours to graduate. Volunteers from clubs and organizations are welcome. Call Linda Williams at 301-582-1233 or 301-331-1233 to sign up.

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