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Posted: June 19, 2012 9:02 p.m.

Kimble: Get the kids off the computer and out for some fun

Join us for an afternoon of FREE good ol' fashioned fun on the Covington square this Friday from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

It's fun for the whole family, but it's also a special event to honor our senior citizens.

Get the kids off the computer and out for some fun families would have enjoyed in years gone by.

Newton 4-H'ers are hosting the event as part of 4-H Health Rocks! Day Camp.

Enjoy a slice of watermelon as you show off your skills in the seed spitting contest.

Help us dust off the old 4-H records as we teach square dancing with the Patty Cake Polka, the Salty Dog Rag and the Virginia Reel.

Listen to old favorites sung by 4-H'ers.

Spend a few minutes at the 4-H petting zoo with the cutest animals in town.

Show off those hula hooping skills or grab some sidewalk chalk to play hopscotch.

Have your face painted for free.

Beat your brother or sister at a game of corn hole.

There's sure to be something for everyone from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the Covington square, so bring your grandparents and join us on Friday.

It's also another great way to get the kids out and active.

The 4-H Health Rocks! program teaches youth how to make healthy lifestyle decisions.

A team of adults and youth teach other youth ways to cope with stress, how to resist negative peer pressure, and why they should resist drugs and alcohol.

In April and May, fifth graders at Flint Hill elementary took part in the program, focusing on stress relief after the CRCTs.

4-H'ers MaKenzy McCord and Catherine Little, both home-school students, along with 4-H volunteers Colleen Lewis and Jamie McCord spent several weeks with students as they explored the program.

Students blew up balloons covered in their stress, then learned how to bring their stress levels back to earth.

They learned why substances such as drugs and alcohol don't relieve stress, and instead explored other ways to bring stress down in a healthy way.

During one session, 4-H'ers prepared commercials about making good decisions.

Student teams made posters for their commercials, including one that said, "LIONS and TIGERS and BEARS! Oh my... DRINKING and SMOKING and DRUGS? Good-bye!" and another which read, "Peer pressure is bad... Go get dad!"

Flint Hill 4-H'ers also earned 4-H Health Rocks! backpacks for their participation in the pilot program.

If your classroom could benefit from lessons on stress relief next year, contact us for resources and programming through 4-H.

4-H'ers were also busy last week representing us at the State 4-H Horse Show and at Junior 4-H Camp.

This weekend, 4-H'ers head to State 4-H Council and then next week, we're off to Cloverleaf 4-H Camp at Rock Eagle.

Middle and high school 4-H'ers still have 3 camps this summer, and four 4-H'ers are headed to State 4-H Congress in July.

If you'd like to join the fun, give us a call or drop by for an enrollment form. 4-H membership is always free.


Terri Kimble is the Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at (770) 784-2010 or tkimble@uga.edu.

 

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