A group of Oklahoma 4-H’ers will skip the turkey sandwiches and leftover stuffing and pumpkin pie this year in order to participate in the 89th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Nov. 26-30.

Oklahoma’s delegation features 27 4-H’ers from across the state, including Sarah Burrows, Sami Jo Scifres and Kayla Thomas, all of Roff.   The Oklahoma delegation will join more than 1,200 members from across the country as they take part in this educational experience. This year’s theme is “Accept the Challenge to Set the Stage.”

For nearly 90 years, National 4-H Congress has provided youth a quality, educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently can provide.

“Participating in National 4-H Congress provides club members the opportunity to learn, interact, reach out and make a difference in their home communities,” said Becky Walker, Pontotoc County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. “National 4-H Congress is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens. It’s a huge honor to be selected to serve as a delegate to National 4-H Congress. Not only do our club members get to visit another part of the country, but they also get to participate in some very educational workshops and tours, as well as take part in a wonderful community service project, the 4-H Clover House.”

Community service has long been a staple of the 4-H program, and serving as a delegate to National 4-H Congress provides Oklahoma 4-H’ers to reach beyond the borders of the state. All delegates are asked to donate $20 to help build the second 4-H Clover House in the Atlanta area. The first 4-H Clover House was started in 2002 and dedicated four years later at the 2006 National Congress. Funding is still needed in hopes of completing the second Clover House in record time and help the National 4-H Program reach the historical milestone of providing two quality homes to the community that has given so much to      4-H’ers.

Along with helping fund the Clover House, National Congress delegates will have the opportunity to work on a variety of other community service projects, as well as take part in workshops that are designed to develop and enhance leadership skills.

In addition to the numerous educational workshops and community service activities, Oklahoma delegates also will have the opportunity to do a little sightseeing while in Atlanta. Scheduled tours include CNN Headquarters, ESPN Zone, Atlanta Zoo, Turner Field, Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, Carter Presidential Center, New World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta History Center.

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