Help Pick Up The Tab for the Ronald McDonald House Charities

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					    Help “Pick Up
    The Tab” for
     the Ronald
   McDonald House
            ®
   Charities of the
      Bluegrass




                          
Information & Activity Guide
Dear Coordinator,

Thank you for your interest in the Pop Tab “Help Pick Up the Tab” Project to
benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass. Collecting
tabs is a great way for all of us to really make a difference in the lives of
families and the children in need! (Not to mention learning about the
importance of recycling.)

Please read over the enclosed information carefully. You will find useful
information that you can use to get your group’s collection campaign started,
as well as many activities that you can incorporate for kids. There is also
helpful information on collection containers, drop off information and tools
to promote your group’s participation in this program.

I hope your group finds this project rewarding. If I can be of assistance in
any way, please feel free to contact me at (859)-268-0757.

Sincerely,




Linda Lightfoot
Pop Tab Program Coordinator




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          Table of Contents
Letter to Coordinator………………………………………………..2
History of the RMH……………………………………………………4
Frequently Asked Questions…………………………………….5
Dropping off your Tabs……………………………………………..6
Fact Sheet……………………………………………………………………7
Getting Started…………………………………………………………..8
Sample Press Release…………………………………………………9
Classroom Activity Guide………………………………………..10-28
 •   Recycling Fun Facts………………………………………………………………11
 •   Mathematics…………………………………………………………………………..12
 •   Geography……………………………………………………………………………….13
 •   Map of U.S………………………………………………………………………………14
 •   History……………………………………………………………………………………..15
 •   Science…………………………………………………………………………………….15
 •   Language Arts………………………………………………………………………..16
 •   Pop Tab Cross Word……………………………………………………………..17
 •   Pop Tab Scramble………………………………………………………………….18
 •   RMHC Word Scramble………………………………………………………….19
 •   Word Search………………………………………………………………………….20
 •   Help the Pop Tab Find Its Donation House……………………..21-22
 •   Find the Pop Tabs………………………………………………………………….23
 •   Fun Crafts……………………………………………………………………………….24-25
 •   Answer Sheets……………………………………………………………………….26-28
 Sample Promotion Flyer…………………………………………….29




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   History of the Ronald McDonald House®
The First Ronald McDonald House
The idea of a home for families of hospital patients first developed in
Philadelphia, PA, in 1973. Fred Hill, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles
football team learned that his daughter had leukemia. During the course of
her successful treatment, Hill and his team members and management asked
what they could possibly do to help the children's hospital. The idea of a
place for children's families to stay was born at that time. The Eagles
football team worked together with the local McDonald's® stores to raise
funds, and eventually a home was opened in Philadelphia. The founders
selected the name “Ronald McDonald House” because Ronald McDonald was a
symbol of happiness to children around the world. That House became the
first Ronald McDonald House in the country.
Today there are local Chapters in 51 countries and 272 Ronald McDonald
House® programs in 30 countries.

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass
In Lexington, this same need was recognized by doctors and parents of
children who had undergone treatment in our area hospitals. The Fayette
County Medical Society and Auxiliary, The Parents Group and McDonald's
representatives and other volunteers formed a non-profit organization
called Children's Oncology Services of the Bluegrass, Inc. Its purpose was
to establish and operate the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington. (COS is
now called the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.)

The University of Kentucky Athletic Department provided a 1.43 acre site
near Commonwealth Stadium conveniently located to all area medical centers.
Successful fundraising by committed volunteers resulted in a 17 bedroom
House opening debt-free in December 1984. Since that time, our Ronald
McDonald House has served over 22,000 families. While most of these have
come from central and eastern Kentucky, the House has served families
from all parts of Kentucky, 38 states and 9 foreign countries.




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                Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the pop tabs used for?
A: The aluminum pop tabs are recycled, just like you would recycle plastic
containers or newspapers. The money generated from recycling the tabs is
used for a “Family Emergency Fund” to help our guest families with
unexpected expenses such as purchasing groceries, personal hygiene items,
and clothing. Additionally, the fund has been used to cover transportation
expenses and the purchase of special “premie” sized car seats.

Q: How much do you receive from recycling pop tabs?
A: The price of aluminum changes on a regular basis depending on the supply
and demand. On average, the Ronald McDonald House receives about 75
cents per pound of aluminum tabs. The highest collection ever received
came in 2008 when the KY Drug Courts donated 3.6 million tabs they
collected statewide.

Q: How many schools and organizations participate in the “Help Pick Up the
Tab” Project?
A: To date, there are over 300 schools from across Kentucky and the
surrounding states that have collected tabs for the Ronald McDonald
House®. Many individuals, businesses, churches and social groups have also
participated in the program by donating tabs.

Q. How do we know how many pop tabs we’ve collected?
A. There is no reason to count individual tabs unless you want to have
students count them as a part of a related project. The best way to keep
track of the number of tabs collected is to estimate. You can do this by
weighing the tabs on a scale. Use the following information to calculate the
amount of tabs your group has collected:

                          1 Pound = 1,267 pop tabs
                             One foot = 12 tabs
                           One mile = 63,360 tabs




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                   Dropping Off Your Tabs
      Each group is responsible for turning in their collected pop tabs. With
only a few exceptions, the Ronald McDonald House is unable to pick up the
tabs from your group, school or organization.

      Pop tabs can be dropped off at the Ronald McDonald House (behind
the UK football stadium & next door to KET) seven days a week between the
hours of 9:00am-8:00pm.

       Tabs can also be taken to any local recycling center. In Fayette
County, you can drop tabs off at Wise Recycling Center on Old Frankfort
Pike and they will take care of sending us the donation (be sure to mention
the tabs are for the Ronald McDonald House.) When dropping off tabs at
any other recycling center, you can simply get a check and then mail it to the
Ronald McDonald Hosue Charities of the Bluegrass: P.O. Box 22414,
Lexington, KY 40522.




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             Ronald McDonald House Charities
                     of the Bluegrass®
              “Help Pick Up the Tab” Project
                        Fact Sheet
What: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass is combining its
ongoing needs to generate Family Emergency funds with the virtues of conservation
by recycling the pop tabs from aluminum cans. Hundreds of groups across the state
of Kentucky have become members by supporting this worthwhile fundraising
project.

Why: The Ronald McDonald House® serves families whose children require care at
a Lexington area hospital by offering them a home-like atmosphere where they can
get the rest and renewal they need to be most supportive of their sick or injured
child. Guests stay at the House regardless of their ability to pay the $10 per night
donation requested. This minimal donation does not cover the actual cost of
providing the room and maintaining our facilities. It takes approximately $67 a
night to operate each of our 20 rooms. Therefore, philanthropic support to
generate additional funds is necessary to cover operating expenses.

How: It’s so easy to collect pop tabs! The tabs on aluminum cans can easily be
removed by rocking them back and forth until they break off. Because the actual
tabs are so small, they can be collected in many types of convenient containers,
such as plastic baggies, buckets, water bottles, and more! Once large quantities of
tabs have been collected, your group can bring them to the Ronald McDonald House
seven days a week from 9:00am to 8:00pm.

Goal: The overall goal for the pop tab program campaign is to collect 8 million tabs
each year! This special “Help Pick Up the Tab” Program for schools and other
organizations has been established for groups who wish to participate by setting
their own goal to collect tabs.

For additional information, please contact Linda Lightfoot, Pop Tab Program
Coordinator at 859-268-0757.




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                            Getting Started

       Once you have decided to start your collection drive, you need to get
your group excited about the project. Many groups do this by having
contests between the participants or offering incentives to the top
collectors. Often, it is enough to just explain the purpose of the tab
collection projects and how it benefits families and children in need.

However you decide to promote your collection drive, it is important that
each participant have a goal to reach. Charting the progress of the
collection drive in a visible area is a great way for each participant to stay
motivated. A bulletin board, handout, or newsletters are great ways to
promote the project.


                                 Collection Container Ideas
                            At Home: Make your own collection containers for
                            home use as part of a child’s art project. Soup
                            cans, plastic baggies, and cardboard boxes work well
                            as tab collection containers.

                            In a business: Make a unique collection
    container by decorating a large 3- or 5-gallon water bottle or cardboard
    box. An old fish tank is also a great container. Use your creativity!
In a school: Many schools choose to use a large collection container
    centrally located in areas such as the school lobby, cafeteria or gym.
    Larger containers must be strongly reinforced in order to hold large
    amounts of pop tabs. Many schools have had their “industrial tech”
    departments make a container as a class project. Students can also
    make their own containers for home use as part of an art project.
    Other schools have used donated telephone booths and bathtubs as fun
    ideas to display their collected tabs. Another idea is to string the pop
    tabs on fishing wire and hang them down a hallway above classroom
    doors, marking off tabs by 100’s and 1,000’s to help students visualize
    quantities.




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                                       SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE

                         (To be placed on Group, School, or Organizational
                                           Letterhead)
                        Contact:
                        Name of organization representative who is qualified to talk with
                        reporters
                        School, Group, or Organization Name
                        Telephone Number

Release Date:

                                NEWS RELEASE
        Name of School, Group, or Organization helps “Pick Up the Tab” for
             the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass

The staff (and students) of name of school, group, or organization are helping “Pick Up
the Tab” for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass—one pop tab at a
time.

Name of school, group, or organization is collecting aluminum tabs from soda cans to
help generate needed funds to support Lexington’s “home away from home” for families
of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Lexington area hospitals. The
Pop Tab Recycling Campaign began about 15 years ago and has generated hundreds of
thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country. With
the support of groups like name of school, group, or organization, billions of tabs have
been collected and recycled.

The “Help Pick Up the Tab” campaign has gained statewide support from hundreds of
groups and individuals wanting to support families and children in need. Name of
school, group, or organization is doing their part by collecting tabs for the Ronald
McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass first opened its doors in 1984 to
assist families who had to travel to Lexington for their child’s medical care. The House
provides a loving, caring, and affordable place for thousands of families each year. With
costly medical expenses, most families are not able to afford hotel rooms over a long
period of time. With the support of name of school, group, or organization, the Ronald
McDonald House will continue to serve families in need by providing them with the rest
and support they need to remain strong for their hospitalized child.

For more information on how you can help name of school, group, or organization collect
tabs, contact name of contact person at telephone number.

                                         -END-


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Classroom Activity Guide

     • Recycling Fun Facts
         • Mathematics
          • Geography
            • History
            • Science
        • Language Arts
            • Puzzles
             • Crafts




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    Recycling Fun Facts
   • Aluminum used to be more valuable than gold!
   • Over 80,000,000,000 aluminum cans are used each year.
   • There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can
     can be recycled.
   • When an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new
     can within six weeks.
   • 350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute.
   • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a
     TV for three hours—or the equivalent of a half a gallon
     of gasoline.
   • More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other
     product.
   • During the time it takes you to read this sentence,
     50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.
   • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can
     500 years from now.
   • A 60-watt light bulb can be run for over a day on the
     amount of energy saved by recycling 1 pound of steel. In
     one year in the U.S., the recycling of steel saves enough
     energy to heat and light 18,000,000 homes!


Source: http://members.aol.com/ramola15/funfacts.html




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                            Math
Measurement
Project 1
Fill a jar with pop tabs:
a. Have the students guess how many pop tabs are in the jar.
b. Have the students compare several small containers: box, cylinder, bottle,
etc. Which one contains the most pop tabs? Why?

Project 2
Break students into teams or partners. Give each a number of pop tabs.
a. How many pop tabs are in 1 foot? One cup?
b. How many pop tabs does it take to cover a piece of paper?
c. With a scale, how many pop tabs are in an ounce? A pound?

Some Common Measurement Equivalents:
1 inch = 1 pop tab                           1 meter = 40 pop tabs
2 centimeters = 1 pop tab                    1 mile = 63,360 pop tabs
1 foot = 12 pop tabs                         1 pound = 1,552 pop tabs
1 kilometer = 40,000 pop tabs


Word Problems
1. Sarah has 3,000 pop tabs. The recycler will give her $.75 for every 1,500
pop tabs. How much will she get for this delivery?
2. A recycler gives $.75 per pound of pop tabs. How much will Brandon
receive for 500 pounds?
3. If Eric has 300 pop tabs and Trent has 465, how many pop tabs will they
have when their collections are combined?
4. Kate has collected 890 pop tabs in her container. She knows it takes
2,995 tabs to fill the container. How many more tabs will she need to make
her container full?




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                Geography
A. How many states start with the letter A?
B. How many pop tab states are there?


WORLD MAP
A. Internationally, how many Ronald McDonald Houses are there?
B. The Switzerland House is located on what continent?
C. The Hong Kong House is located on what continent?
D. How many continents contain Ronald McDonald Houses?
E. How many Ronald McDonald Houses are in South America?




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                        History
A. When was the first Ronald McDonald House® built? What other events
happened during that year?
B. Who invented the pop tab?
C. What popular Dayton amphitheater is named after the inventor of the pop
tab?
D. When was the pop tab invented? What other events occurred the year
the pop tab was invented?
E. What year did the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass open?




                      Science
A. Pop tabs are made from which metal?
B. Why does the Ronald McDonald House collect only the tabs and not the
whole can?
C. What other things can you recycle?
D. What is the elemental symbol for aluminum?

Did You Know?
   • A pop tab withstands up to 110 pounds of tension exerted against it by
      the carbon dioxide in the soda. But only 3-4 pounds of pull on the tab
      causes the tab to rupture, releasing the contents inside.
      Source: Scientific American. Http://www.sciam.com1296working.html




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        Language Arts
1. Write a one page essay on the importance of helping other people.

2. Write a fictional story about “The Ronald McDonald House® and the
Mission Tab Tops Caper.”

3. Write letters of encouragement or make greeting cards for the children
and families of ill children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

4. Create Acrostic Poems
Example:
      Recycle tab tops
      One person can make a difference
      Now is the time to help
      An act of kindness goes a long way
      Let’s do it for the families at Ronald McDonald House
      Do the right thing and help families

5. Write a story about the “Day in the Life of a Tab”




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        Pop Tab Cross Word




ACROSS
2. There are 12 pop tabs in one _____.
4. You are helping ______ by collecting pop tabs.
6. The pop tab is made of a more pure form of _______.
7. The pop tabs are______ to determine their value.
DOWN
1. A ______ is the little tab you pull to open an aluminum can of soda,
cat/dog food, etc.
3. There are 63,360 tabs in one_______.
5. The ring pull can or “pop tab” can was ______ in 1962.
6. What is the elemental symbol for aluminum?




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Pop Tab Scramble




  Unscramble each of the clue words.
Copy the letters in the numbered cells to
   other cells with the same number.


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RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES®
         WORD SCRAMBLE
    Unscramble the following letters to make words having to do with
                  Ronald McDonald House Charities.

GNRCIA _______________________________________

TIMNUCMOY ___________________________________

GUENESOR _____________________________________

MEOH YAWA MFRO HEOM _________________________

EHT HEUSO TTHA LEVO TLIUB _____________________

KSSNIDEN _____________________________________

CYRLECE _______________________________________

VISEECR _______________________________________

TUOPSPR _______________________________________

TOINONDA _____________________________________

HOEM _________________________________________

SUEHO _________________________________________

VLEO __________________________________________

SRTE ___________________________________________

RAGNISH _______________________________________

OPP STBA_______________________________________




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         Word Search
     L   W   Y   V   I   S   W   O   X   Q   I   G   I   T   L
     P   W   E   G   S   U   R   D   C   T   H   R   X   N   A
     C   T   E   L   E   H   R   R   O   Q   R   L   H   W   U
     J   A   C   A   C   N   A   E   S   N   P   E   J   R   C
     Z   P   R   O   M   O   E   R   C   L   A   D   S   G   L
     Z   P   T   I   M   J   M   R   I   Y   C   T   X   T   T
     M   K   F   C   N   M   H   E   O   N   C   V   I   L   N
     Z   V   D   B   X   G   U   Y   B   U   G   L   J   O   V
     G   X   N   X   B   S   V   N   B   W   S   X   E   S   N
     P   R   F   G   Y   H   L   T   I   N   F   Q   Q   U   I
     K   C   L   Q   M   O   P   O   P   T   A   B   S   P   N
     U   R   C   O   K   U   X   E   V   Y   Y   R   W   P   S
     C   M   S   H   V   S   E   R   V   I   C   E   V   O   I
     W   D   H   O   M   E   R   C   H   S   S   O   I   R   G
     P   D   K   I   N   D   N   E   S   S   J   U   S   T   X

WORD BANK
CARING                                   SUPPORT
HOME                                     DONATION
LOVE                                     HOUSE
SHARING                                  REST
COMMUNITY                                POP TABS
HOME AWAY FROM HOME                      GENEROUS
RECYCLE                                  KINDNESS
SERVICE                                  WELCOME




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Help the Pop Tab Find
 Its Donation House
       (Grades 1-4)




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Help the Pop Tab Find
 Its Donation House
       (Grades 5&6)




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Find the Pop Tabs!




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                      Fun Crafts
“Bad Hair Day”
                  Materials:
                  • 1 pop tab
                  • thick, brightly colored yarn
                  • a small circle of felt (any color)
                  • 2 goggle eyes
                  • glue or paste
                  • scissors
Directions:
• Cut six pieces of thick yarn about 6 cm in length (3 pieces of each color)
• Half hitch the yarn through the round hole of the pop tab and unravel the
yarn to make the “bad hair”
• Glue the felt circle to the bottom of the pop tab and attach the eyes



“The Friendly Lion”
              Materials:
              • 1 pop tab
              • small piece of yellow felt
              • yellow yarn
              • 2 goggle eyes
              • piece of ribbon
              • glue or paste
              • scissors
Directions:
• Cut pieces of yarn approximately 6-7 cm long
• Half hitch the yarn through the round hole of the pop tab. Repeat until the
hole is full – (approximately 20 pieces)
• Glue a small circle of yellow felt for the face, add the eyes and use a
marker for the smile
• Into the smaller pop tab hole put 6 strands of yarn about 30 cm in length
• Half hitch into place, then braid to make the lion’s tale
• Tie with a bow a the bottom
• Fray the yarn open to make the mane of the lion and the bottom of the tail


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“Sly the Snake”



Materials:
• 6 pop tabs
• Felt (any color), approximately 20 cm long and 1 cm wide
• small piece of yellow felt
• small piece of red felt
• 2 goggle eyes
• glue or paste
• scissors
Directions:
• The snake’s body is cut from any color felt. The body is about 15 cm long
by 1 cm wide. Cut the head in a pear shape that is 4 cm its wides point
• Make a cardboard pattern and cut all of the snake in one piece
• Cut a forked tongue our of red felt and attach with glue
• Attach the google eyes
• Thread/weave the felt through 6 pop tabs to create an undulating body. If
you begin with “over and under” through the first tab, the next one should
be “under and over,” etc. This gives the snake an undulating effect.




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            ANSWER SHEET
MATHEMATICS
Project 1
A. Answers may vary
B. Answers may vary

Project 2
A. 1 foot = 12 pop tabs, 1 cup = Approx. 196 pop tabs,
B. It takes approx. 154 pop tabs to cover a 8 x 11 sheet of paper.
C. 1 ounce = approx. 97 pop tabs, 1 pound = 1552 pop tabs.

Word Problems
1. $1.50
2. $375.00
3. 765 pop tabs
4. 2,205 more tabs

GEOGRAPHY
A. 4
B. 38

WORLD MAP:
A. 76
B. Europe
C. Asia
D. 5
E. 2

HISTORY
A. Some examples of events that occurred in 1974:
   • President Nixon resigned.
   • Violence breaks out in Boston due to integration in the busing systems
   • Dr. Henry Heimlich introduced the Heimlich maneuver
   • Happy Days premiered its first episode
   • The album of the year Grammy was awarded to Stevie Wonder for
      “Innervisions”



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B. Ermal Fraze
C. Kettering’s Fraze Pavillion
D. The ring pull can was invented in 1962. The following are some examples
of events that occurred in 1962:
    • John Glen was the first American astronaut in space.
    • Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1952.
    • Lawrence of Arabia won best picture
    • Telstar successfully transmitted transatlantic television signals for
      the first time
    • Cuban missile crisis occurred on October 28, 1962.
    • The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

SCIENCE
A. Aluminum
B. The Ronald McDonald House collects only the tabs and not the can
because of cleanliness and storage space. Also, the aluminum alloy is more
pure in the tab than in the can. This enables you to recycle the cans for
yourself or another organization.
C. Answers may vary. Some examples are newspapers, plastic bottles, and
glass containers.
D. AL

POP TAB CROSS WORD
Across                                       Down
2.   foot                                    1. pop tab
4.   families                                3. mile
6.   aluminum                                5. invented
7.   weighed                                 6. al

POP TAB SCRAMBLE
Help
Recycle
Metal
Aluminum
Charity
Donation
*Ronald McDonald House




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RMHC WORD SCRAMBLE
Caring
Community
Generous
Home Away From Home
The House That Love Built
Kindness
Recycle
Service
Support
Donation
Home
House
Love
Rest
Sharing
Pop Tabs




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Helping the                               Ronald
McDonald House is as easy as 1-2-3!

       1. Pull off the pop tab tops on a soda can.

       2. Collect a bunch (one each time you drink a
          soda).

       3. Swing them by the Ronald McDonald House!

Drop off Site: Ronald McDonald House
               1300 Sports Center Dr.
               (Behind the U.K. Football Stadium)

Questions for the RMHC of the Bluegrass?
859-268-0757



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Our Pop Tab Campaign Chair is: ___________________




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