Randolph 4-H News Updates

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Each month I go on an on to you about all of the opportunities that 4-H offers to youth and families. Guess what – this month is no exception. There are lots of good things to share, good news about great choices made by young people in your community. 

First off, our very own S.H.A.R.E. 4-H Club played an important role in this year’s Randolph County Youth Summit held at Randleman High School on April 1. Randolph County School students in grades fifth through eighth were invited to spend their teacher’s workday participating in some great workshops and team building experiences while meeting peers from other parts of the county. Our 4-H home school club members taught two of the day’s workshops focusing on the importance of learning leadership skills that will empower young people to make better choices. The following members of S.H.A.R.E. volunteered at the summit: Emma Cheek, Brooke Beane, Spencer Mc Aden, Angel Simpson, Abigail Simpson, Evan Cheek, Robert Cheek, Brenton West, Bryant West and Alexis McAden.

April also means time for the Randolph County 4-H Talent Show. This year we had a great showcase of young people sharing their gift of showmanship on the theater stage of South Asheboro Middle School. Abigail Simpson of the S.H.A.R.E. 4-H Club took on the role of “mistress of ceremonies” with grace and style! Kameryn Walden, Sarah Walden, Bryant West and Brenton West led the pledges and Joshua Allred and Brenton West handled our back stage needs. We chose to focus on Communities In Schools Backpack Pals program for our community service project. For some public school students, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school are the only meals they eat. Backpack Pals meets the needs of these hungry youngsters by sending a backpack of nutritious, non-perishable, child-friendly food home from school with the child on Friday afternoons. Families were invited to bring items to donate to this worthy cause.  The following 4-H youth participated in the talent show: Ben Talbott –banjo, Addie Ward – soloist, Kameryn Walden – jazz, routine, Grayson Roberts – tap dance, Bryant West – piano, Country Kids Livestock Club – group skit, Heather Allred – soloist, Mackenzie Koenig – soloist, and S.H.A.R.E. Club – musical routine. Our judges had a tough job making the decision of who would move on to the North Central District 4-H Show in June. After much deliberation it was decided that Bryant West and the S.H.A.R.E. 4-H Club will share their talent at the district level. Thank you to this year’s judging team: Ms. Dantzler Lewallen and Ms. Kristi Marth. This truly was a night of great entertainment and fun! 

Now, please indulge me in one more 4-H opportunity. North Carolina 4-H and Golden Corral are partnering in an exciting endeavor. Let’s see how we can make this a great success. After years of honoring Disabled American Veterans through their Military Appreciation Monday, Golden Corral Restaurant is grateful for the opportunity to provide a fun filled camp experience to the children of these American heroes, at no cost to them. “Camp Corral” is offered in partnership with Millstone 4-H Camp, established in 1939 and recognized for its expertise in developing programs and activities as well as managing the day-to day operations of a camp and its residents. Fully accredited and bearing the ACA designation, Millstone is nestled in the tall pines near Ellerbe, NC. The camp covers 320 acres of undisturbed woodlands. Camp Corral is free of cost to children ages 8-15 of wounded or disabled military families, and is limited to 400 campers. Camp Corral is a place where kids are free to be kids; apart from the day-to-day challenges they may face as children of wounded or disabled military families. Camp Corral is a special experience that will create lifetime memories – a full week with friends who can relate, packed with non-stop fun and all of the 4-H camping can-do’s they love: canoeing, target sports, ropes courses, horseback riding, swimming, camp fires and sleeping in cabins. You can help make this possible by dining at Golden Corral and purchasing a $1 off coupon toward your meal. That $1 will go directly to the funding of this special camp experience. You may purchase these coupons from our 4-H youth and families here in Randolph County or just drop by Golden Corral. 

North Carolina Sate University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age disability, or veterans status. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation. North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments cooperating.

Persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Barbara Dunn Swanson, Extension 4-H Agent at 336-318-6000 or jody_terry@ncsu.edu or fax – 336-318-6011 or in person at the Randolph County Extension Office at least 10 days prior to the event. 

Posted on May 4, 2011

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