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Children's Letter Writing Campaign Wins National Awards!


The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Volunteer Program won acclaim for Fulton County and the Library System by winning two awards from the National Association of Counties (NaCo). The Children’s Letter Writing Campaign – won the Achievement Award in the Volunteer Category and Best of Category Award. Only a few award winners receive the designation of Best of Category.

The Children’s Letter Writing Campaign, during the summer of 2009, offered young library patrons an opportunity to practice their writing skills by composing letters of support to children of deployed military personnel. The program was developed as a way to connect with President Obama’s United We Serve initiative, a national focus on volunteerism. An equally important goal was to give military children moral support from their peers. Children’s librarians incorporated the Children’s Letter Writing Campaign into their summer programs by providing stationery, pens and crayons to use for their letter writing along with “letter drop boxes” for children to place their letters. A reading list of various children’s books about parents serving in the military was also developed. Over 200 children wrote letters during the campaign, enabling them to combine composition practice with their Summer Reading activities and giving them a way to learn about and feel good about volunteering. Fulton County will continue to reap the rewards for years to come as many of these children take up volunteering as part of their regular activities and lifestyle.

The awards were presented at the national 2010 NaCo conference this summer.