Mid­dle School Stu­dents At­tend 4-H Ju­nior Con­fer­ence

Calhoun Times - - GORDONLIFE -

Five mid­dle school Gor­don County 4- H’ers at­tended 4- H Ju­nior Con­fer­ence on Novem­ber 4 and 5 at Rock Ea­gle 4-H Cen­ter. Ju­nior Con­fer­ence is a statewide con­fer­ence for 6th- 8th graders and nearly 900 peo­ple at­tended, in­clud­ing adults, teen lead­ers, and par­tic­i­pants. The 4- H’ers at­tend­ing from Gor­don County were Christo­pher Camp, De­vany Camp, Kennedy Cham­bers, Bobby Hicks, and Dal­ton Low­ery. The youth took classes about healthy re­la­tion­ships and sci­ence, in­clud­ing weather and cli­mate, bridge build­ing, and cat­a­pult- mak­ing. Forty- eight high school teen lead­ers from across the state were cho­sen to teach the classes, and Bryson Smith, a 9th grader at Cal­houn High School was one of those se­lected teen lead­ers. He taught a cat­a­pult- mak­ing class to four groups of mid­dle school 4- H’ers. In ad­di­tion to classes, the 4- H’ers also got take part in a choice of eigh­teen dif­fer­ent re­cre­ation ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing canoeing, flag foot­ball, tal­ent show, softball, and oth­ers. They also com­pleted mul­ti­ple ser­vice projects in­clud­ing as­sem­bling birth­day pack­ages for youth in foster care, dec­o­rat­ing rocks to spread hap­pi­ness in com­mu­ni­ties around the state, mak­ing 150 dog toys for an­i­mal shel­ters, cre­at­ing non- slip socks for nurs­ing homes and chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals, writ­ing thank you notes to com­mu­nity helpers and mil­i­tary, and mak­ing sensory bot­tles and cards for the Shriner’s Hos­pi­tal. Coun­ties brought in over 1000 so­lar eclipse glasses to be sent to Astronomers with­out Bor­ders by Bibb County, 2400 items for Op­er­a­tion: Vet­eran Smiles, and $ 664 to be do­nated to hur­ri­cane re­lief ef­forts through 4- H.

Each year at Ju­nior Con­fer­ence, coun­ties turn in col­lected pop tabs to be re­cy­cled and the money re­ceived is do­nated to Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties. Nearly 11,000 pounds of pop tabs were do­nated by Georgia 4- H’ers this year, putting Georgia 4- H over $ 100,000 do­nated to Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties in the last 15 years.

The 4- H’ers also got to hear from mul­ti­ple speak­ers through­out the week­end, in­clud­ing sev­eral se­nior 4- H’ers pre­sent­ing their STEMre­lated projects, and Dr. Ash­ley Hosey, a Cobb County prin­ci­pal and Polk County 4- H alum­nus, chal­leng­ing 4- H’ers to make the best bet­ter.

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Gor­don County 4-H’ers at Ju­nior Con­fer­ence (L-R: Bobby Hicks, De­vany Camp, Kennedy Cham­bers, Christo­pher Camp, Dal­ton Low­ery, and Teen Leader Bryson Smith). Al­lie Griner 4-H Gor­don County Ex­ten­sion Agent

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Teen leader Bryson Smith teach­ing a cat­a­pult-build­ing class to mid­dle school­ers.

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Gor­don County 4-H’er Christo­pher Camp launch­ing a ping pong ball from his team’s cat­a­pult.

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