Richmond County 4-H Engages 5th Grade Students Outside the Classroom

— Written By Laura Grier and last updated by Leeann Crump

DSC_0204In an effort to engage Richmond County youth outside of the classroom, Richmond County 4-H recently partnered with Richmond County Schools, local professionals, and volunteers to offer 4-H Science Adventures for all the 5th grade students in the county. 4-H Science Adventures, October 6-9, was geared towards giving teachers and students a day of learning about science topics that are currently included in the North Carolina Essential Standards for 5th grade Science in the natural beauty of Millstone 4-H Camp. Students were given the opportunity to experience “hands on” how science occurs in the world around them. Over 550 Richmond County students participated in the program, during National 4-H Week October 6-10, enhancing their scientific knowledge and skills. Students and teachers, alike, were educated on humanity’s relationship with other organisms and the non-living physical environment combining natural (biology, geology, chemistry, physics), applied (geography, agriculture, and engineering), and social (economics, sociology, and ethics) sciences. Photos of the event can be seen at www.facebook.com/richmondcounty4h.

A partnership between numerous agencies and volunteers make 4-H Science Adventures possible by donating more than 250 hours of service to the students of Richmond County, valued at over $5,000.Volunteers include: Matt Gordon with the NC Forest Service, Marv Powell and William Trivette from the Richmond County Beekeepers Association, Jackie McAuley with Richmond County Soil & Water Conservation, Kim Hyre and Nancy Williamson of Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, Doug Hinshaw with McKinney Lake Fish Hatchery, Paige Burns and Tiffanee Conrad with NC Cooperation Extension, Rupert Medford and John Isenhour of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NCSU Sandhills Research Station, Kelly Thompson, Faith Thompson, Jim Pippin. Special thank you to Farm Bureau of Richmond County and to the United Way of Richmond County for providing monetary support for 4-H programs.

The 4-H mission is to help young people become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. The learn-by-doing methods of 4-H result not only in learning practical skills, but also in the development of sound judgment, a sense of responsibility, individual initiative, leadership and citizenship experience. 4-H School Enrichment programs, such as 4-H Science Adventures, are designed to enhance students’ classroom learning with experience-based learning. Currently, there are more than a dozen 4-H School Enrichment programs that meet objectives of the North Carolina Essential Standards and Common Core for second through twelfth grades and are designed to supplement the school curricula. North Carolina 4-H School Enrichment programs are developed and reviewed by educators and verified by North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University. The programs are free of charge to Richmond County youth due to support from United Way of Richmond County and the Farm Bureau of Richmond County.

For additional information on 4-H School Enrichment programs or 4-H Youth Development, please contact Laura Grier, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, laura_grier@ncsu.edu or visit www.facebook.com/richmondcounty4h.