4-H and schools: the partnership continues
The Richmond County 4-H and Richmond County Schools have been partners in teaching our region’s youth for decades. Some of our collective efforts include 4-H Embryology, Steps to Health, and Science Adventures. This year, the partnership grows stronger and offers young people more learning opportunities than ever! All students enrolled in the Summer School for K-5 grades will be part of this collaborative effort to provide our students with hands-on science experiences, life skills, engineering opportunities, and field trips. .
Richmond County 4-H made this possible by providing the necessary materials in summer school classrooms to complete each experiment and lesson. All programs and activities, as well as the materials needed to do each lesson, are given directly to summer school instructors by Richmond County 4-H. Teachers are trained in over 20 4-H activities and programs and will use their knowledge of the content to teach these activities on a daily basis. The 4-H slogan, “Learn by Doing”, will be exactly what kids will do this summer. They will build, create, design, fabricate, paint and perform various activities that promote critical thinking and other life skills such as collaboration, decision making and problem solving.
Each summer school week has a learning theme such as going to the beach, going to the amusement park, “walking on the wild side”, flying into space, camping and flying into the future. . Each 4-H activity will be based on the theme. For example, on the week we are focusing on the beach, young people will make kites, sailboats, do shipwreck and float experiments, discover shark teeth and fossils, track down hurricanes, and discover sea turtles. sea and the impacts of marine debris on the ocean. Other weeklong activities include making a balloon powered car, dissecting owl dumplings, making butter, building marshmallow catapults, tying knots, and learning financial literacy.
The Richmond County Schools have done a great job creating an amazing summer school experience for our children and Richmond County 4-H is proud to be a part of the learning and experiences the children will have this summer. Places for the summer school are filling up quickly. If you have not registered your child for summer school but are interested in doing so, please contact your school office.
If you aren’t planning on enrolling your child in summer school but are interested in some of these or other 4-H activities and opportunities this summer, call Catherine Shelley, 4-H agent at Richmond County at 910-417-0258. You can find more information about Richmond County 4-H on Richmond.ces.ncsu.edu or on the Richmond County Extension Facebook page.
Catherine Shelley is the 4-H Agent for the Richmond County Co-op Extension.