4-H meet­ings kick off in Au­gust

The Covington News - - LOCAL - TERRI KIMBLE FULLER­TON COLUM­NIST Terri Kimble Fuller­ton is a New­ton County 4-H Agent through UGA Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion. She can be reached at tkim­ble@uga.edu.

Just last Thurs­day we wrapped up the 4-H year at State 4-H Congress, and now we have the first New­ton 4-H meet­ing of the year on Mon­day!

This month, many new Clover­leaf 4-H’ers will learn all about 4-H and demon­stra­tions dur­ing in-school and af­ter-school meet­ings.

If you would like to learn more about 4-H along with your child, talk to the teacher about vis­i­tor poli­cies so you can at­tend the meet­ing. We al­ways love 4-H vis­i­tors!

If your child will turn nine dur­ing 2014 but does not have a 4-H meet­ing at school, you are wel­come to at­tend the home school and friends meet­ing each month at our of­fice. E-mail me for de­tails at tkim­ble@uga.edu.

Mid­dle and high school youths from pub­lic, pri­vate and home school kick off the year on Mon­day, Au­gust 11 with County 4-H Coun­cil.

One ma­jor change is the lo­ca­tion — this club will now meet at Ox­ford City Hall, at the cor­ner of High­way 81 and West Clark Street.

Meet­ings are from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the sec­ond Mon­day of each month. Septem­ber will be in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion for a spe­cial event, so e-mail for de­tails if you can’t make the Au­gust meet­ing.

With the move to city coun­cil meet­ing space, we are also ex­cited to add lessons in par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure this year.

All 4-H’ers will re­ceive port­fo­lio and project in­for­ma­tion at this meet­ing, as well.

With the start of the school year, that also means the fi­nal push of the year for pop tabs once again. In Septem­ber, we will col­lect the alu­minum tabs at club meet­ings, but you may also bring in your do­na­tions to the of­fice at any time.

Ox­ford City Hall also has a col­lec­tion jar in its lobby thanks to 4-H mem­ber Jane O’Toole.

If you know a 4-H mem­ber, be sure to turn your tabs in through the child’s club so they may re­ceive club points.

Tabs are col­lected statewide and re­cy­cled in bulk to ben­e­fit lo­cal Ron­ald McDon­ald Houses.

In case you’re not fa­mil­iar, Ron­ald McDon­ald Houses are lo­cated near hos­pi­tals where chil­dren most of­ten re­ceive care, to pro­vide a friend­lier and less ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive to ho­tels for their fam­i­lies.

As I re­mind 4-H’ers each year, you never plan on need­ing a Ron­ald McDon­ald House, so this is a great op­por­tu­nity to sup­port a friend in need be­fore you even know they need it.

Our other Septem­ber ser­vice project is to col­lect peanut but­ter and jelly for the com­mu­nity food pantry.

We also ac­cept any non-per­ish­able food items for the pantry, but will se­lect a spe­cial food need each month to help vary our do­na­tions.

Please be sure all do­na­tions are within ex­pi­ra­tion dates.

Look­ing ahead to Oc­to­ber, we will once again col­lect new and used chil­dren’s books.

As I look across the room at the grow­ing moun­tain of books I’ve al­ready bought my own un­born child, it’s hard for me to imag­ine a home with­out books.

But each De­cem­ber, our 4-H’ers get the honor of de­liv­er­ing books into the hands of over a thou­sand young chil­dren dur­ing the Christ­mas pa­rade — some who may not have any other books at home.

We’re also busy fill­ing the cal­en­dar with plans for 4-H Na­tional Youth Science Day (any­one like shoot­ing off rock­ets!?), the Cov­ing­ton Christ­mas Pa­rade, Fall Fo­rum, Ju­nior Con­fer­ence, District Project Achieve­ment and more, so be sure to get con­nected now so you don’t miss a sin­gle event.

Also, be sure to add monthly 4-H Movie Nights to your cal­en­dar this year for a great chance to sup­port our Re­lay for Life team while get­ting a few kid-free hours.

We kick off on Fri­day, Septem­ber 12, at the ex­ten­sion of­fice from 6-9 p.m. A do­na­tion of $5 per person cov­ers the movie and 5 snack tick­ets.

Pre-reg­is­ter by calling 770-784-2010 for a bonus snack ticket and save $1 when you bring a friend.

You may also join our Re­lay for Life team for a do­na­tion of $10 to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety at one of these movie nights. We’re proud to of­fer youth the op­por­tu­nity to help fight can­cer on a youth­led Re­lay team each year. Par­ents are also wel­come, of course!

See you at the next meet­ing!

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