District Students Attend 4-H Junior Conference | Events
About 700 volunteers, teen leaders, junior participants, and 4-H staff gathered at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton on November 3-4 to attend the annual Georgia 4-H Junior Conference, a 26-hour event filled with community service projects, classes, workshops, and fun activities. Bibb County School District 4-H’ers in attendance were Peyton Isaac, a seventh-grader at Howard Middle School and Michael Wimbush, an eighth-grader at Weaver Middle School. Reginald Sams, a senior at Howard High School, also attended the conference as an instructor.
Junior conference is a statewide event designed for Junior 4-H’ers (seventh- and eighth-graders) to experience belonging to a group of peers, demonstrate generosity through service projects, master subject matter through classes and workshops, and exercise independence as they learn about possibilities available through Georgia 4-H. Also providing an opportunity to build leadership skills, youth have the chance to represent their peers by serving on a Junior Board of Directors, which works with an adult committee to plan the conference. Senior 4-H’ers (grades 9 through 12) also take part in the conference by instructing workshops in their particular areas of expertise.
Classes instructed by high school 4-H’ers and adult volunteers included curriculum on peer pressure, bullying, portfolio development, and robotics. The conference also provided a variety of entertainment and recreation such as a dance; a scavenger hunt; a performance by Clovers & Company, the Georgia 4-H Performing Arts group; and multiple games such as miniature golf, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, relay races, and a talent show.
Service projects, which were designed by 4-H’ers, provided participants with the opportunity to exhibit generosity and benevolence. Together, the 4-H’ers, 4-H staff, and teen leaders collected over 1,000 coloring books for the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University in Savannah, made over 300 cards for the children at the hospital, and donated 736 jeans for teens for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. In addition, 4-H’ers continued their 10-year tradition of collecting and selling poptabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Georgia. This year 4-H’ers collected 13,871.5 pounds of poptabs for a total donation value of approximately $7,000. This year the donation will go to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire in Savannah.