4-H’ers get glimpse of government

Photo courtesy of Richmond County 4-H Richmond County 4-H members meet state Rep. Garland Pierce, D-Scotland, during the 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus legislative breakfast in Raleigh.

A delegation of Richmond County 4-H members recently attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh.

The Richmond County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 125 youth and adults representing more than 60 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen.

DeLani Reep represented Richmond County at the June 15-17 conference. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates learned and shared information related to local, state and national government as well as learned how they could make an impact in the area of citizenship.

The highlight of the conference was the legislative breakfast where delegates had a chance to meet and have photos taken with their elected officials. Following the breakfast, delegates traveled to the Legislative Building in Raleigh to meet with elected officials and their staff.

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus is sponsored by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives–Touchstone Energy. North Carolina 4-H is Cooperative Extension’s youth development program.

For more information on the 4-H program in Richmond County, contact Laura Grier, extension agent for 4-H youth development, at laura_grier@ncsu.edu or visit www.facebook.com/richmondcounty4h.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities. More than 227,780 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,330 adult and youth volunteers.