If you are looking for fun and educational things for your children to do this summer, check out the schedule of events hosted by the Cooperative Extension.
The Richmond County 4-H Summer Fun Program is scheduled to begin registration on May 22 and will continue until all classes are full.
Each class has a seat limit and all have different costs associated with them. The prices range from $3 to $350. Classes begin June 18 and last until Aug. 3. They range in a variety of ways. Some classes are educational and interactive, others are activity-based, and there will be trips.
The first class is going to be conducted by Rockingham Police Detective Donavan Young.
“Part of it will be about strangers,” said Young. “Part of it will be about drug abuse — things from around the home — like prescription pills, cigarettes and alcohol.”
Young said many children are taught not to speak to strangers at all, but he wants children to learn when it is OK to talk to a stranger or when it is dangerous. Young said children who get lost in a shopping mall need to know they can speak to a person in uniform, and should learn how to recognize a staff member.
Young may mention tips on how to remain safe on the Internet as well. Young has worked on cases involving Internet crimes against children for several years.
In this schedule of classes, children of varying ages can learn sewing, fraternity stepping routines like in the movie “Stomp The Yard,” crafts, health tips, fire safety, manners, storytelling, livestock care, and how to make fruit jam.
On June 21, the class will head to the Wadesboro Rotary Planetarium for a tour that will teach children about the stars and the world around us. The trip costs $6.
Cooperative Extension Support Staff member Carol Capel said she is excited about the trip.
“The public has stressed a great interest in the Summer Fun program,” said Capel. “This year we are able to bring back a full schedule so we are excited about that. I’m particularly excited about Smoky the Bear coming and the Crime Scene Investigation class with the Sheriff.”
Capel said many benefits come from joining in the Summer Fun.
“The classes are during the day when children could find trouble to get into,” she said. “They can have fun and learn educational things. 4-H is centered around teaching life-skills and we will have some physical activity as well.”
The 4-H Summer Fun Program will use Area Richmond Transit (ART) for their transportation, and transport during the class will be covered in the cost.
You can register for the program online at http://richmond.ces.ncsu.edu/ or you can visit the Cooperative Extension office at 123 Caroline St. in Rockingham. You can call the office at 910-997-8255.