4-H’ers find reading program helps students

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Beginning in October 2008, Brunswick County 4-H instituted “Reading Makes the Best Better” to celebrate National 4-H Week and to offer 4-H members the chance to do what 4-H’ers love to do best through community service, citizenship activities and education.
They were able to share their love of reading with local kindergarten classes through this service. Samantha Lawrence, a junior at South Brunswick High School, was in eighth grade then and visited Bolivia Elementary School with other 4-H members in the county. After that, she read in her past kindergarten class at Southport Elementary School in Mrs. Richardson’s classroom.
Other members branched out to Union Elementary and other schools in the preceding years. This year, through the help of the curriculum specialist, Lawrence took three others with her. Kenan Bridges, a sophomore at SBHS, and Owen Bell and Bobbi Jane Lawrence, fifth-graders at SES, all brought their favorite books from early elementary and read to all five classrooms, and with the help from curriculum specialists and CIS volunteer coordinators, other 4-H members read in schools this year.
Angelique and Alexis Apple, eighth- and ninth-grade home-school students, read to all the kindergarten classrooms at Waccamaw Elementary. One of the newest 4-H members, Garrett Williams, a junior at North Brunswick High School, read to all classrooms at Lincoln Elementary.
Hannah, Thomas and Elizabeth Teeters also participated in the Reading Makes the Best Better program at Union Elementary School on Monday, Oct.3.
4-H members in Brunswick County reached 14 classrooms in three schools this year and hope to reach them all in the upcoming year by expanding Reading Makes the Best Better into an all-year initiative.
Through the Youth EFNEP program, 4-H has access to reading kits, focusing on healthy eating habits. The kits feature books such as the “Hungry Caterpillar” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Interested 4-H students will be trained on how to use these kits, read and be able to share a song and craft that teaches about healthy eating. They will contact schools in January. Keep a lookout for these youth who have joined the revolution of responsibility.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how you can participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at blair_wooten@ncsu.edu or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit http://brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com/ or blog at http://brunswick4h.wordpress.com.