4-H honored at with communicator award at state event
Come get your ice cold, delicious snow cones with 4-H tonight at Relay for Life.
Entry to Relay for Life is free, but bring plenty of cash for fundraisers ranging from dinner and dessert to crafts and games.
The familyfriendly event will take place all evening and night at The Church at Covington on Ga. Highway 142 across from Merryvale Assisted Living. If you can’t make the event, make your tax-deductible donation online at tinyurl.com/relay4h
Our team isn’t the largest team.
We won’t have the most elaborate decorations.
We probably won’t raise the highest total funds.
But tonight, alongside other local teams, 4-H youth will take to the track to raise funds and awareness for a cure to cancer.
Three years ago a 4-H’er started our team, leading the only youth- captained team in our local event.
Eastside junior Ken Galloway is now serving on the countywide Relay committee, and freshman Michelle Galloway has taken the reins.
She’s learned so much from a year’s meetings and planning that she’s actually already planning for Relay 2012.
Ken and Michelle each Relay for their mothers, cancer survivors.
Each member of our team Relays for a different reason — some in honor or in memory of a loved one, some just because it’s a good cause.
Members of our 2011 Youth Leadership Institute will also take part on the 4-H team as we conduct our annual recycling project.
Be sure to throw all your plastic and aluminum in the recycling containers located around the field.
At midnight, 4-H’ers and Youth Leadership students will sort the recycling.
Pop tabs are removed for donation to the Ronald McDonald House charities, and all other recyclables will be used to kick off our fundraising for Relay 2012.
Relay holds a special meaning for me, as well.
I started my first Relay team five years ago in honor of my friend.
After a long year of treatments and chemotherapy, she went into remission and I celebrated by recruiting a group of friends for Relay in Columbus.
I’m not the stay-up-allnight sort of person, but I and five friends took the challenge to beat the disease that never sleeps by walking the track for the entire 12-hour event.
This year, my desire to end this disease is stronger than ever as my friend has been re-diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
I struggle some days to keep the tears at bay, and tonight I’m sure they’ll flow again as I look for her luminary around the track.
I’ve always thought that everything happened for a greater purpose, but it sure is hard to think about that purpose some days.
Tonight, though, I’ll celebrate with these 4-H’ers — celebrate life — as I think about the positive things Ann has brought to my life, and the positive impact she’s having on these youth.
Without ever meeting a single 4-H’er on our team, she’s part of the reason they’re there.
When 4-H’ers came to me wanting to start a team a few years ago, I agreed partly because I recognized their need to do something about cancer.
With no teams at their schools including youth members, they stepped up to the plate to start our own team.
Each year, they raise funds for cancer research, but there’s something more to seeing teenagers lead a Relay team.
I want to believe there’s a future without cancer, and these youth inspire me to keep believing that under their leadership — that day will come.
Region winners: The Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents honored 4-H’er Mary Lathem, 4-H Educator Terri Kimble, Josephine Kelly of Main Street Covington, and Lee Sandow of The Covington News (not pictured) last week at their annual meeting for winning the team promotional package communicator award. The team collaborated to promote 4-H during national 4-H week in 2010 through newspaper articles and ads, promotions at local businesses, and the distribution of free “I am Georgia 4-H” stickers. The team will now go up for regional and possibly national competition.