The bell tower chimes 10 a.m. on a beautiful Saturday morning in Oxford, as hundreds of black-robed graduates march across the courtyard following a bagpiper.
Five years ago, an eighth grade 4-H'er came up to me at Relay for Life, excitedly telling me how 4-H should have a team.
Despite strong competition from several schools, Oak Hill Elementary again topped the charts in Newton 4-H this year.
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.
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It's here! It's here! The ESRI box's here! The ESRI box's here!
Homeschoolers aren't social. Homeschoolers only study what they want to learn. Homeschoolers don't learn structure. You've probably heard someone say such things. I overheard a group discussing the topic, but couldn't find a nice way to correct them without admitting I was eavesdropping. There are statistics I could quote, but my experience comes from working with public, private, and home school students in 4-H. I see as many "non-social" kids in public school as home ...
I look forward to the day when we tell new 4-H'ers and employees about "the year they tried to kill 4-H."
I've wished for a white Christmas so many times it seems unreal that it may actually happen today.
You've seen me write it before: youth aren't tomorrow's leaders.
"Ralphie, what would you like for Christmas," asked the mother in "A Christmas Story."
Surely I heard the countdown incorrectly: There can't be only 22 days until Christmas…
"There's no time like the present, and there's no present like time," sings David LaMotte in his song, Deadline. There's a lot of truth to that, whether we're talking about preparing applications or considering the busy holiday season.
Enquiring minds have been asking since my last column if my 5-year-old cousin ever decided who celebrated Thanksgiving with the pilgrims if it wasn't Indians or Native Americans.
On my trip to Arizona, I bought one of those little beaded necklaces with a beaded doll like you find in Cherokee, N.C.
By fifth grade I felt like I had exhausted the entire Palmer-Stone library.
It turns out that nothing can prevent me from being amazed at the sight of the Grand Canyon.
We all tumbled off the bus and rushed over to the railing to see what we could already hear: Niagara Falls.
Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who shows leadership potential?
Our youth are not tomorrow's leaders. They are not tomorrow's teachers. There is no magic line on the stage floor at graduation in high school or college which you must cross to become "today's leader." That's because they're already leaders and teachers. Of course, we've known that a long time here in Newton County. Fifth graders will readily tell you they think adults are a little stubborn and hard of hearing. They're not surprised at ...