Spring fever has hit, and we're only weeks away from the long days of summer.
I spent Saturday morning sitting on the back of a pickup at the Walton County Agricultural Center, listening as the 4-H'ers and parents sat around in safety orange T-shirts waiting on each shooter's turn.
Forty-five Cloverleaf 4-H'ers in the fourth through sixth grades competed at District Project Achievement this year. Each researched, wrote and presented a 4- to 6-minute illustrated talk on a topic of his or her choice. They presented in club meetings, at County Project Achievement and at District Project Achievement.
It might be a gloomy Saturday morning riding across Atlanta, but for the nearly 50 fourth, fifth and sixth graders who arrived, loaded a bus before 7:30 a.m. in Covington, the excitement level is high.
A seventh-grader stood on stage Friday night. He nervously looked at his note cards as nearly 400 pairs of eyes looked on.
All year, Cloverleaf 4-H'ers from age 9 through sixth grade have been researching, writing and practicing 4-6 minute illustrated talks.
When I was a 4-H'er, county extension agent Clyde Taylor put me up to telling county extension director Mike Welborn that a little bird told me that the messier your office is, the more work you do.
It may be cold today, but I'm already thinking about that big water slide at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.
What child hasn't begged for a pet dog or cat?
What are you and I doing to give our next generation a clear path to leadership?
Last week, I shared highlights from junior 4-H portfolios, so this week, it's time to talk about our senior 4-H'ers.
What an incredible, exhausting, exhilarating week!
We made a list and we checked it twice. (Or maybe 12 or 13 times.)
I rarely watch TV news, partly because I rarely sit still long enough to watch any TV.
"There's nothing to eat. There's nothing to drink," said Darien DeBrule, according to his mother, Kenlyn Patterson.
We can count how many books a youth donated or how many hours they cleaned up a riverbed.