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4-H Day: 'Learn by doing'
by Steve Beavers
Aug 17, 2013 | 421 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Abby-Grace Cowgill (left) and Jazmyn Morgan watch as children take a pony ride at the 4-H Promotion Day.
Abby-Grace Cowgill (left) and Jazmyn Morgan watch as children take a pony ride at the 4-H Promotion Day.
Youngsters got a chance to see what 4-H is all about on Saturday.

Using the approach of "learn by doing," children took part in such club activities as shooting a pellet gun to planting a flower at the Alcorn County Extension Service.

"We did something different this year," said 4-H agent Tammy Parker. "Each club had some sort of activity to help kids see what goes on in that particular club."

One of the popular events was the 4-H Shooting Sports station.

"All of the kids wanted to shoot," said the club's Mike Gilmore. "The hands-on experience is what draws them … if they ever get the fever to do something, that's what they want to do."

Youngsters got an up close view of the shooting club from Gilmore and Brent King. They then got to fire five shots at an indoor target.

"This lets them see what we are doing in the club," said Gilmore. "Most shoot the first time and then make their way back over here to shoot again."

Lisha Hopper with the Wenasoga 4-H Lucky Clovers captured the children's attention by giving them the chance to plant a flower.

"Kids love dirt and planting flowers," she said of the third generation club.

There were all kinds of games inside the extension building along with pony rides and an inflatable jumper outside. All the games and food during the day were provided at no cost to those who attended,

"We have had a great turnout," said Parker. "Several members of 4-H have helped out today and by them being here it gives other kids an opportunity to talk with someone who is part of 4-H."

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than six million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers -- building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.

4-H offers numerous programs and growth opportunities that put the heads, hearts, hands and health of youth to work learning and applying the essential elements of the 4-H program.
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