4-H to honor vets, hold Fall Car­ni­val

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

Sa­line County 4-H will honor vet­er­ans and hold a Fall Car­ni­val on Satur­day.

The morn­ing will start off with the vet­eran event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ralph Bunche Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. First, 4-H mem­bers will go to the ceme­tery be­hind the cen­ter and re­place any flags on sol­diers’ graves.

After­ward, there will be a cer­e­mony to honor vet­er­ans with Quilts of Valor be­ing pre­sented by the mem­bers. Then there will be a re­cep­tion.

County Ex­ten­sion Agent-4-h

Stephany Rogers said this is the fifth year the group has held an event rec­og­niz­ing area vet­er­ans.

From noon to 2 p.m., the car­ni­val will take place at the cen­ter. There is no cost to take part.

“It is to raise aware­ness for 4-H in Sa­line County,” Rogers said.

She hopes to get more chil­dren ages 5 to 19 in­ter­ested in 4-H, es­pe­cially in the Ralph Bunche area.

The Ralph Bunche club, the Shin­ing Stars, meets at Ralph Bunche Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Mon­day of the month.

Rogers said any 4-H Club in the county is free to join Satur­day. There may be costs to par­tic­i­pate in some op­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, how­ever.

Rogers said in Sa­line County there are sev­eral clubs from a sci­ence club to gardening clubs, lead­er­ship clubs and some clubs that work with live­stock.

Dur­ing the car­ni­val, 4-H will pro­vide hot dogs, na­chos, drinks and other snacks. Ru­ral Com­mu­nity Youth Al­liance will of­fer a hot co­coa sta­tion.

Dif­fer­ent booths will of­fer car­ni­val-style games.

Rogers said 4-H fo­cuses on three ar­eas, STEM, healthy liv­ing and cit­i­zen­ship and lead­er­ship. There will be booths fo­cused on each.

Rogers said the event will be a chance for chil­dren to get out, play and learn more about

4-H.

“It is a great pro­gram,” she said, adding 4-H has been treated as a “best kept se­cret” but they want to get it out for ev­ery­one to know about.

Rogers said as par­tic­i­pants get older they get many op­por­tu­ni­ties, such as trips.

The clubs have Club Lead­ers, who have back­ground checks, to guide the clubs. How much the adults lead de­pends on how old the mem­bers are and long the club has been es­tab­lished, Rogers said. The or­ga­ni­za­tion likes for mem­bers to take the lead as much as they can, es­pe­cially in the clubs fo­cused on lead­er­ship.

Rogers en­cour­ages any­one who might be in­ter­ested, who wants to learn more or just wants to have fun to at­tend the car­ni­val.

“It will be a fun day,” she said.

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