Photo caption: Back L-R: Thomas Neal, Hunter Harris, and Rachel Hayes. Front L-R: McKenzie Harris and Kinsey Ward.
Decatur County sixth, seventh and eighth grade students attended 4-H Junior Conference at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on November 4th and 5th. Kinsey Ward, Rachel Hayes, McKenzie Harris, Thomas Neal and Hunter Harris, along with Teen Leader, Journey Austinson, joined over 800 4-H’ers from across Georgia for this leadership event. The 4-H’ers participated in classes about healthy relationships, bridge building, weather and climate and catapult making. They also assembled birthday packages for youth in foster care, decorated rocks for communities, made dog toys for animal shelters, created non-slip socks for nursing homes and several other community service projects.
Thomas Neal and Rachel Hayes presented posters at the Project Exhibit and both won a “People’s Choice” award. Journey Austinson was chosen to teach four workshop sessions of “Bridge Building” during the weekend conference, as well as help with recreation and community service activities. The jam-packed weekend included recreation opportunities, talent show auditions, a performance by the Georgia 4-H Clovers and Company and a Saturday evening dance.
Georgia 4-H Junior Conference is one of many opportunities offered to fulfill the mission of Georgia 4-H. This mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This task is accomplished through “hands on” learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. For information about Decatur County 4-H, contact Lindsey B. Hayes, Teresa Adkins or Kameron Landeen at 248-3033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.