4-H 4-ever 4-H’ers, 4-H’ers ev­ery­where!

The Covington News - - Sports - TERRI KIM­BLE

New­ton 4-H is burst­ing at the seams, lit­er­ally.

At both the county coun­cil meet­ing, and the home school meet­ing, we used ev­ery chair in the of­fice and still had 4-H’ers sit­ting on the floor.

Our meet­ing room was so packed, I couldn’t even get a photo with ev­ery­one at once.

Want to find out what’s at­tract­ing so many youth to 4-H? Come join us and find out as we meet in an even larger room in Oc­to­ber.

County 4-H Coun­cil is for 4-H’ers in the sixth through 12th grades in pub­lic, pri­vate or home school. Meet­ings are led by 4-H of­fi­cers and fea­ture a guest speaker from some­where around the world.

These 4-H’ers serve as teen lead­ers, plan ser­vice projects, and par­tic­i­pate in a wide va­ri­ety of 4-H ac­tiv­i­ties.

County 4-H Coun­cil meets the sec­ond Mon­day of each month at 6 p.m. The next meet­ing is Oct. 8 in the New­ton County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

Be­cause it’s also dur­ing Na­tional 4-H Week, it’s also a 4-H spirit day so we en­cour­age you to wear mis­matched shoes or crazy socks (be­cause I know 4-H and your feet are tak­ing you places).

The Home School 4-H Club in­vites not only home school students from around the county from age 9 through 12th grade, but also any­one else from age 9 through fifth grade who doesn’t have an in­school club meet­ing.

They meet the third Fri­day of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the of­fice, with the next meet­ing on Oct. 19.

At the Oc­to­ber meet­ing, the club will elect of­fi­cers and take part in the 4-H Na­tional Youth Sci­ence Day ex­per­i­ment on eco-bots (us­ing ro­bots to clean up an eco­log­i­cal dis­as­ter).

If you’d like to take an ecobot home with you, call ahead to re­serve a kit or to get the shop­ping list.

Speak­ing of the 4-H NYSD, if any reader in the county would like to par­tic­i­pate, email me at tkim­ble@ uga.edu and I can send you all the in­for­ma­tion to take part and ex­plore ro­bot­ics with your fam­ily this year.

An­other great fam­ily event is tak­ing place to­day, Sept. 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. on the Cov­ing­ton square.

In its 10th year, this is one of only a few lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals in Ge­or­gia, and the only one geared di­rectly to fam­i­lies and youth.

There are free games, give­aways, live en­ter­tain­ment and much more, so come on out and bring the fam­ily.

While most ac­tiv­i­ties are free, there will also be a few ac­tiv­i­ties with a cost to help raise funds for lo­cal lit­er­acy projects, and a few of the restau­rants around the square will be open.

4-H’ers will be among the many, many community vol­un­teers help­ing make this fes­ti­val a suc­cess.

I’m vol­un­teer­ing at the Keep Cov­ing­ton New­ton Beau­ti­ful booth dur­ing the last half, so drop by and say hello.

Don’t for­get our on­go­ing lit­er­acy ser­vice project to re­cy­cle books.

When you do­nate books through New­ton 4-H, we “re­cy­cle” them through lo­cal lit­er­acy pro­grams so you know they’re di­rectly ben­e­fit­ing lo­cal res­i­dents.

We are ac­cept­ing new and gen­tly used books aimed at any age-level from birth to adult. The two pri­mary projects this year are our an­nual book give­away for The Learn­ing Cen­ter dur­ing the Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas parade and the New­ton County Li­brary book sale.

We’re also still col­lect­ing alu­minum pop tabs for Ron­ald McDon­ald House char­i­ties.

Our goal is to col­lect more than 594 pounds of pop tabs by the end of Oc­to­ber in sup­port of a Ge­or­gia Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

When­ever chil­dren are sick and hurt or go­ing through long-term treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, this great char­ity is there to help pro­vide low-cost hous­ing for the fam­ily near the hospi­tal.

Seventh and eighth-grade 4-H’ers will de­liver the pop tabs to Ju­nior 4-H Con­fer­ence at Rock Ea­gle on Nov. 3-4.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the overnight event is $59 and can be paid at the 4-H of­fice. It’s a fun week­end with youth from across the state.

If you’d like to help guide our youth as they take on these great community projects, sign up for one of the vol­un­teer up­date and train­ings on Sept. 27 at the 4-H of­fice. You can choose be­tween 1 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.

Terri Kim­ble is the New­ton County 4-H Agent through UGA Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion. She can be reached at (770) 784-2010 or tkim­ble@uga. edu.

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