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Halloween party to benefit literacy foundation
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A Halloween party scheduled for Oct. 24 will benefit efforts to boost childhood literacy.

The event, which will support the Bulloch County Chapter of the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, will take place 7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in The Hall by 40 East Grill, 19B S. Vine St.

The party will include a silent auction, food, drink and music provided by DoGood DJs. The price is $40 for an individual, $70 for a couple, and that includes entertainment and appetizers. A cash bar will be available.

Prizes will be awarded for: Best Overall Costume, Most Creative Costume, Scariest Costume and Best Couple.
Silent auction items include: fine art prints; autographed football; football tickets; wine basket, certificates/products from Eagle Creek Brewing, Freeman Farms, Statesboro Salon, Chops on Main, Sherry Lynn's Farmgirl Miscellany, and more.

To purchase tickets, visit the Ferst Foundation of Bulloch County's Facebook or call Christine Draper at (912) 478-5747.

The Ferst Foundation promotes literacy by mailing age-appropriate books and interactive newsletters every month to Georgia children, up to the age of 5, in participating communities at no cost. The organization is named after its founder, Robin Ferst, a Madison, Georgia, plant executive who had the goal of fostering literacy and creativity in children in the hope that when they became adults, they would have the literacy skills required for fulfilling jobs.

The Bulloch County Community Action Team for the Ferst Foundation, embraced by the College of Education at Georgia Southern University, formed in January 2012. The team currently consists of Georgia Southern faculty, Bulloch County Schools faculty and administrators, members of the Bulloch County business community, physicians and parents.

Additionally, a group of Statesboro High School students, the League of Extraordinary Students, contributes to the efforts of this organization. As a result of recruitment of participants and various fundraising endeavors, more than 750 children are currently receiving a book each month in Bulloch County.

To support the project, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit public foundation must raise funds. For example, a donation of $36 will support a child for a year. Donations may be made online at or by phone at (888) 565-0177. Parents interested in registering their children for the program may do so at this website. Those interested in serving on the Bulloch County Community Action Team, or who would like more information on the Bulloch County Ferst Foundation, may contact Dr. Michelle Reidel,


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