Archive for Thursday, December 23, 2004

Event to bring more than 100 4-H’ers to middle school

December 23, 2004

Weekends are usually quiet at Eudora Middle School, but an upcoming Saturday later this winter, the classrooms and hallways at Eudora Middle School will be full of students.
The Douglas County 4-H Club Days will bring 4-H'ers from across the county Feb. 5 to Eudora. The event, which came to Eudora last year, is making the move to Cardinal country again this year.
"With Eudora and the space they have, it's the right place to have it," said Kimberly Davis, the Douglas County 4-H agent with K-State Research and Extension.
Davis said 4-H tried to spread various events throughout the county. Regional competition was customarily in Baldwin City, Davis said, and in previous years, Club Days had been at West Junior High School in Lawrence.
The presence of Eudora school teachers as volunteers in 4-H helped steer the organization toward bringing the event to Eudora, Davis said.
The Club Days event usually brings between 100 and 150 4-H'ers to participate in activities not usually associated with 4-H, such as drama, music, dance and public speaking.
"Without a doubt that the No. 1 thing this organization hangs their hat on is that every one of our kids can get up and speak," Davis said. "We give them plenty of opportunities to talk."
The youngest among the students will participate in Show and Share, their first public speaking demonstration. Older students do projects and presentations, as well as performances like instrumental
ensembles, group dramatics, and square and line dancing, the latter of which is usually represented with a Eudora group.
"This is just like the county fair," Davis said. "This is another time of the year these kdis get to show and demonstrate their gained knowledge and say, 'Look how far I've come.'"
Club Days activities start at 8 a.m. Feb. 5, 2005, and will run until about 4 p.m. The event will be open to the public, and Davis members of the Eudora community were welcome to watch local and area students perform. She said 4-H volunteers at the middle school would guide visitors to specific 4-H'ers or categories.
"In almost every room, you can sit and watch a youth perform," she said.

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