4-H’ers Travel to Washington D.C.
4-H youth from Palo Alto County recently returned from a 4-H Citizenship Focus experience in Washington D.C. and sightseeing at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the Agricultural Research Center at Beltsville, Maryland. The week-long Citizenship Washington Focus program coordinated by the National 4-H Council is a proven program helping 14-19 year olds from across the country learn and practice skills that promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.” Participants learn by attending workshops, committees, social events, and field trips to sites in the Nation’s Capitol.
Palo Alto 4-H members who traveled to Washington D.C. during the first week in June included: Kendra Feldman, Dylan Fischer, Miranda McGrauth, Carissa Sundall, Alesha Sikora, and Michael Sundall, all of Ruthven, and Haley Banwart of West Bend. Barry Fischer of Ruthven served as a chaperone for the CWF trip.
The National 4-H Center staff play a key role in the implementation of the Citizenship Washington Focus program by leading workshops, assemblies and guiding youth through the process of drafting a bill and promoting its passage into legislation in a mock house and senate debate. 4-H members from north central Iowa and Nebraska were in attendance during the week.
While on Capitol Hill the delegation of 97 youth and 13 chaperones representing 15 Northwest Iowa counties met with Senator Charles Grassley on the steps of the Capitol. The group traveled through the nation’s capitol touring sites, including: Pentagon, Mount Vernon, memorials including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, World War II, Iwo Jami, Korean Conflict, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vietnam Veterans, Washington Monument, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Arlington National Cemetery, Holocaust Museum, National Cathedral, National Archives, and the Smithsonian Museums. They attended the centennial celebration of Beltsville Agricultural Research Center at Beltsville, Maryland prior to their arrival in Washington D.C. The Henry A. Wallace Research Center is the largest agricultural research center in the world, which made this side excursion very much a treat as the celebration happened to fall at a time when the 4-H group was traveling.
A cultural experience took the group to the Kennedy Center to see the production of “Shear Madness” where the audience was engaged in solving the mystery and determining the outcome for the evening performance.
Fundraising began last fall. 4-H members are appreciative of the support county residents gave, as well as the support of the Palo Alto County 4-H Foundation.