Saturday morning, a great group of Richmond County 4-H’ers gathered for the 2017 Richmond County Activity Day. County Activity Day is open to all 4-H members who have prepared a presentation, demonstration or are participating in the outdoor cookery competition. As an active member of the Richmond County 4-H program, participants are required to present at the county level or complete a project record book. Both public speaking and record book keeping are essential skills that all youth should learn. Youth who participate in these programs are more successful in college and life because they have been able to perfect skills like public speaking and can present themselves in a positive manner.
Presentations this year ranged from “The Importance of Antibiotics in Livestock” presented by Coleman Berry to “African American Hair” presented by Serenity Sturdivant. DeLani Reep, Dakota Deaver and Tobey Lunceford each participated in the Outdoor Cookery competition, serving wonderful pork dishes which all will advance to our district competition. Other presentations included: “How to Make Flubber” presented by Ava Berry; “How to Make Guacamole” presented by Caroline and Sabrina De Aguilar; “The Muscular System” presented by Ben De Aguilar; “Make Your Own Kool-Aid Lip Gloss” presented by Ally Maynor; “How Deforestation Effects the Ecosystem” presented by Savannah Shepard; and “All About Dogs” presented by Eveie Futrell. These twelve participants could not have made me prouder to be their 4-H Agent!
Each participant will be advancing to the district competition that will be held in June in Alexander County. Over the next few months, each participant will be able to practice and perfect their presentations. After the district competition, qualified participants will move on to the state presentation competition that is held in Raleigh on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Do you think your child would like to become involved in 4-H? There are several clubs for youth to choose from and wonderful opportunities coming this spring and summer. Joining a 4-H Club is free and there are no uniform requirements. Richmond County currently has four clubs that can be joined at any time during the year including: Shooting Sports 4-H Club, Richmond County Livestock Club, Cooking Clovers 4-H Club and Homeschool Eagles 4-H Club. Youth may also participate in more than one club if they choose. In addition, Richmond County 4-H offers an afterschool tutoring program called “4-H Adventures.” This club works by application and referrals.
As an organization, we also believe that giving back is extremely important. Richmond County 4-H is currently raising money for Relay For Live and will also be selling popcorn at the event on May 5. We are also collecting gently used books to be given to children at doctor’s offices to increase reading and literacy. If you would like to help with either of our service projects, please contact me.
If you would like more information about 4-H and 4-H opportunities in Richmond County, please contact me at Alyson_hoffman@ncsu.edu or 910-997-8255. We will gladly add you to our Summer Fun Mailing list and our Monthly Newsletter circulation. This is a great way to see all of the happenings in Richmond County 4-H!
Alyson Hoffman is the 4-H youth development agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Rockingham.