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Chris Hatcher to chair Bulloch's Great American Cleanup
Hatcher cleanup
Georgia Southern football coach Chris Hatcher, right, will chair the Great American Cleanup for Bulloch County in 2008. Hatcher is shown with Brooke Carney, director of Keep Bulloch Beautiful. - photo by Special
   Georgia Southern University football coach Chris Hatcher will serve as Bulloch County Chairman for the Great American Cleanup in April. Brooke Carney, Keep Bulloch Beautiful’s director, announced on Friday Hatcher’s role in the annual community improvement event.
    The run-up to a week of activities to mark the Great American Cleanup begins today in Bulloch with several volunteer cleanup events.
     “Coach Hatcher is a great leader for the Eagles, and we hope his leadership will influence a large number of community members to participate in the Great American Cleanup,” Carney said. “The Great American Cleanup is a chance for all of us to roll up our sleeves and show off our community pride. It’s a tradition for many Bulloch County residents, and we expect more to make it a tradition this year.”
    Carney said she hopes Coach Hatcher’s involvement with the annual event will encourage even more volunteers to get involved than the 2,100 that participated last year.
    “I encourage everyone in Bulloch County to team up for the Great American Cleanup,” Hatcher said. “Building strong community pride makes a better place for everyone to live and visit.”  
    The Cleanup will include a week of activities beginning with the Litter Cleanup on Saturday, April 19. The Litter Cleanup will be followed by an Earth Day Festival at GSU on April 22, the opening of “What Waste?” art exhibit opening on April 25, a graffiti removal event with Statesboro City Council on April 25, and a Beautification Day on April 26.
“We’ve had such great participation over the past few years, that we want to allow more opportunities for people to get involved,” Carney said.
The April 19 Litter Cleanup event will be held in conjunction with Celebration South in downtown Statesboro.
“Volunteers will complete the Litter Cleanup just in time to enjoy Celebration South, and we hope hosting the two events together will further build community pride,” Carney said.
    Limited funds are available through Keep Bulloch Beautiful for groups wishing to beautify community centers, including non-profit or public facilities, as part of the April 26 Beautification Day. The event is meant to provide tools and resources to improve properties in the community with landscaping, painting, graffiti removal and more.
    Teams of volunteers are encouraged to register for any of the Great American Cleanup events soon. For more information and to register your team, visit and click on Great American Cleanup to download the registration form.

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