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From left, Kids Ferst volunteers Kay Zimbrick, Ann Buehler, Joan Blomquist and Judy Harvey celebrate the organization’s sixth anniversary during a membership drive Friday, April 12. (Contributed photo)
Kids Ferst

Kids Ferst volunteers celebrated their six-year anniversary of bringing the Ferst Foundation for Childhood  Literacy (FFCL) program to Gilmer County with a registration drive and birthday cake at the March for Babies Friday, April 12. 

The program provides age-appropriate books, monthly by mail, to preschoolers from birth through five years of age. “Read to lead — read to succeed” is the motto for the organization’s volunteers, which sums up their mission of preparing all children for learning success when entering kindergarten. The books are free to the enrolled families and funding is made possible through the generosity of many individuals, businesses, churches and organizations in our community. 

To make a donation, checks should be made out to FFCL and mailed to P.O. Box 105, Ellijay, GA 30540.

The 2010 census showed there were 1,669 eligible children under five years of age in Gilmer County. The April book order for Kids Ferst was for 934 books. The Kids Ferst CAT (Community Action Team) is having trouble locating new, eligible children and needs your help. 

If your preschool child or grandchild is not registered for the program, registration forms are available at the Gilmer Community Food Pantry, the Chamber of Commerce and the Gilmer County Library or you can go online and register at Also check Kids Ferst’s Facebook page to find out about any upcoming events or registration drives.

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