Robeson County 4-H’ers Attend NC 4-H Congress

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A delegation of five Robeson County 4-H members and staff attended NC 4-H Congress, which was held virtually this year. Brooke Canady, Kennedi Lyons, and Maggie Underwood represented Robeson County. This year’s 4-H Congress, held July 20-23, 2020, attracted more than 300 youth and adults representing 4-H programs across the state. Conference delegates participated in general sessions, learned together in workshops, recognized award winners, and elected State 4-H Officers for the upcoming year.

As part of this year’s event, 4-H members were tapped into the 4-H Honor Club, which is a service organization and highest honor for a 4-H member. Youth also attended a dance and received awards. Maggie Underwood, a member of the Dirty Rascals Jr. Master Gardener 4-H Club and the Dirty Dozen Shooting Sports 4-H Club received a State Service Award for her work making more than 200 mask holders that were donated to local health care providers to help ease the stress on their ears from the elastic on their face masks.

Also honored at the event were two of Robeson County 4-H graduating members. D. J. Brown is a member of the Titans 4-H Club, graduated from Lumberton High School, and plans on attending UNCP next month. Also, Jordan McKinnon is a member of the Inspirational Youth Leaders 4-H Club in Rex, graduated from Freedom Christian Academy, and plans on attending Robeson Community College to pursue a degree in Culinary Arts.

North Carolina’s 4-H Program is the largest youth development organization, equipping more than 262,200 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. Also, 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. Both NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.

For more information on this event or other 4-H programs, please contact Shea Ann DeJarnette, Extension 4-H agent, in Robeson County at (910) 671-3276. To learn more about the Robeson County 4-H Program and to sign up for 4-H and activities offered through the program, download our free app from your Apple or Google stores. Download “4-H Now!” and then look for Robeson County 4-H.