Arkansas 4-H members head to Little Rock for 4-H Day at the Capitol
By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- 4-H Day at the Capitol set for Feb. 28
- 500+ 4-H members, agents, volunteers from 60 counties plan to attend
- Youth to meet lawmakers, share 4-H experiences, learn about legislative process
Photos from 2019 event at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmyjhaDe)
LITTLE ROCK — Expect to soon see green at the State Capitol. Nearly 500 Arkansas 4-H members, agents and volunteers will be in Little Rock on Feb. 28 for 4-H Day at the Capitol – all wearing their signature 4-H green.
The event is a time for Arkansas 4-H members to meet their legislators and learn more about the legislative process. The gathering is usually every other year when the Legislature is in session. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was cancelled.
“This is the first time in four years that we’ve been able to take our 4-H members to the Capitol, and they are so excited to be able to attend this year,” said Priscella Thomas-Scott, event coordinator for Arkansas 4-H, a program of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The day is also a time for the youth to share with their legislators the positive impact of the 4-H program. Civic engagement and leadership are the foundation of 4-H programs, which help youth become well-informed citizens and prepared to actively engage in their communities.
This year’s delegation includes nearly 500 4-H youth, agents and volunteer leaders from 60 counties across the state. Throughout the day, they will meet members of state legislators and learn more about the legislative process in Arkansas.
A public “Tribute to 4-H” is scheduled for 10:30 -11:15 a.m. inside the Capitol Rotunda featuring remarks by Arkansas elected officials. The 4-H members will then meet with their legislators, attend sessions in the House, Senate and Arkansas Supreme Court and visit the Treasurer’s Office. The group will meet on the steps of the Capitol at 2 p.m. for a group photo before departing.
Because of the size of the group, there will be two sets of simultaneous welcome receptions in the Arkansas Association of Counties building, 1415 W. 3rd St., Little Rock; and the Arkansas Education Association office, 1500 W. 4th St.
9:15 a.m. — Welcome reception with Secretary of State John Thurston and UA System Division of Agriculture Vice President Deacue Fields — Arkansas Association of Counties building
9:15 a.m. — Welcome reception with Bob Scott, senior associate vice president for agriculture - extension and director of the Cooperative Extension Service, and Kristin Higgins, Public Policy Center program associate with the Division of Agriculture — Arkansas Education Association Auditorium
10 a.m. — Second welcome reception with Secretary of State John Thurston and UA System Division of Agriculture Vice President Deacue Fields — Arkansas Association of Counties building
10 a.m. — Second welcome reception with Bob Scott, senior associate vice president for agriculture – extension and director of the Cooperative Extension Service, and Kristin Higgins, Public Policy Center program associate with the Division of Agriculture — Arkansas Education Association Auditorium
10:30 a.m. — Public Event: A Tribute to 4-H in Arkansas featuring Lt. Gov. Leslie Rutledge; State Treasurer Mark Lowery; Attorney General Tim Griffin; Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land; Bob Scott, director of the Cooperative Extension Service; and Deacue Fields, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture vice president — 2nd Floor Capitol Rotunda
11:15 a.m. — 4-H youth meet with legislators and discuss special projects
1 p.m. — 4-H members attend sessions in the House, Senate and Arkansas Supreme Court and visit the Treasurer’s Office
2 p.m. — Group photo in front of the Capitol
2:30 p.m. — Depart Capitol
To learn more about Arkansas 4-H, visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uada.edu/. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to 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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Director of Communications-Extension
U of A System Division of Agriculture