Burke County 4-H Represented at National 4-H Congress

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A delegation of 12 North Carolina 4-H youth and 3 adults representing 15 counties including Burke County, attended the ninety-fourth annual National 4-H Congress, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. The North Carolina delegation returned home from five days in which more than nine hundred youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the country gathered to participate in educational, service and recreational opportunities.

Jamie Berry represented Burke County at the November 27- December 1, 2015 conference. This year’s theme “Excite. Spark. Ignite.” focused on ways for 4-H’ers to excel in leadership, citizenship and service to others. Workshops, speakers and group activities encouraged National 4-H Congress delegates to think broadly and to make their club, community, country and world a better place.

During workshops participants had a chance to participate in sessions ranging from service learning to robotics. National 4-H Congress speakers challenged participants to reach out and to make a difference in the world. One way participants reached out to help others was by traveling to different parts of Atlanta and surrounding areas to participate in community service activities.

The history of the National 4-H Congress goes back ninety-four years. An educational tour to Chicago was the forerunner to what would eventually become known as National 4-H Congress. Today National 4-H Congress provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from the across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, culture diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Nicki Steer, 4-H Agent in Burke county at 828-764-9480. The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 232,000 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,563 adult and youth volunteers.

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