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Feb. 24 4-H Day at the Capitol to introduce youth to lawmakers

Fast Facts:

    • 4-H Day at the Capitol set for Feb. 24
    • More than 330 4-H members expected
    • 10:30 event with Gov. Hutchinson in the rotunda
    • Event includes displays and meeting with legislators 

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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas youth will have the opportunity to meet their state legislators and gain a better understanding of how democracy works during the Feb. 24 “4-H Day at the Capitol.”

More than 330 4-H members from around the state are expected to make the trip to Little Rock for the event.

FILE PHOTO - Campers touring the Arkansas State Capitol and attending civic lectures by  state legislators in the summer of 2014. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Kevin Quinn)

Participants have mailed notes to their respective legislators, inviting lawmakers to join them in the rotunda at 10 a.m. that Tuesday. A  special event with Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. 

After meeting their legislators, the 4-H members are invited to tour the Capitol and watch the House and Senate in action.

“This event is an extension of the 4-H Citizenship-Leadership initiative begun in 2014 to help our 4-H youth see how government works, and to inspire them to step into leadership roles when they reach adulthood,” said Anne Sortor, who heads the Arkansas 4-H program for the Cooperative Extension Service. “We’re looking forward to painting the Capitol green for a day.”

(Read more about the citizenship leadership initiative in “Arkansas Land & Life” magazine: http://arkansasagnews.uark.edu/landlife.fall14.pdf)

For more information about the 4-H program in Arkansas, visit http://uaex.edu/4h-youth/default.aspx or contact your county extension office.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture


Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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