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Perry County Youth Excell in
Community Service Projects and Citizenship

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- The Perry County
4-H program enrolled 89 youth in six clubs. Two new clubs were established.

- Of the 89 youth in 4-H programs in FY01, 87 were white, and two minorities with 84 living in rural settings and five in town.

- Thirteen adults volunteered in 4-H. Seven were female and six were male.
                Perry County youth participate in the Citizenship Tour to the State Capitol with Senator Bob Johnson.

Citizenship and Community Service are just a couple of great ways 4-H youth learn and share. This year, 22 Teen Leaders participated in a short government workshop before heading off to Little Rock to tour the State Capitol and watch the House and Senate at work. The workshop provides youth with basic information on Arkansas such as: the state flowe; state motto; government operations, such as how bills are passed; how many years members serve; and hints that will help them have a better understanding of what they will see in Little Rock.

After the Citizenship Tour, two young men from our county returned to the State Capitol to serve as pages for our local representative, Charles Ormond. This was a great experience for them to get to see their government in action and also to represent their county 4-H at the same time.

4-H youth in Perry County also share many hours helping out wherever needed. They are involved in county-wide community service projects such as nursing home visits, caroling at the nursing home, making cards for the nursing home residents, decorating doors for the residents of the nursing home, conducting canned food drives, participating in cleaning up at the fairgrounds and new city park, St. Jude Bike-A-Thon, Angel Tree Project, Partners for Progress, and so much more. Several clubs also participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program, help decorate their communities for the holidays, give goodie baskets to community members and they make decorations and decorate the county tree at the State Capitol each year. 4-H educational programs not only enrich the lives of Perry County youth, but is also developing leaders for the future.

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