Commissioner Charlie Paris joined other community leaders across the country in naming April 5 Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. Also pictured at the proclamation signing are, from left, University of Georgia representatives Becca Pritchett, Beau Lowman, Machelle Gill and Renee Dotson.

County observes ‘positive impact of national service’

Gilmer County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Paris recently signed a proclamation acknowledging Tuesday, April 5, as Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. 

The document encouraged area residents “to recognize the positive impact of national service in our city, to thank those who serve and to find ways to give back to their communities.”

It continued by saying, “Our community benefits directly from national service in the form of a full-time AmeriCorps member, assisting youth to become successful, contributing members of society.”

Attending the signing ceremony were representatives from the local University of Georgia Extension office, including Beau Lowman who is an AmeriCorps member serving with the Gilmer County 4-H program.

As stated in the proclamation, “Recent studies from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development show that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H report better grades, higher levels of academic competence and are more engagement at school ... Young people in 4-H are nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities ... are two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors and two times more likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.”

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