Robin D. Bridges, Van Osdell, Mary Ann | 4/19/2007 1:01:20 AM
More than 200 4-H members, junior leaders and adult leaders from Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln, Union and Webster parishes will learn about electric energy, safety and conservation at the annual 4-H Energy Day on Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. at Claiborne Electric.
The event is hosted and sponsored by Claiborne Electric, Louisiana Highway 9 in Homer, and includes talks by LSU AgCenter representatives. Attendees will also learn what linemen do and ride up a bucket truck, according to Robin Bridges, Claiborne Parish LSU AgCenter extension agent.
This is the 17th year that Claiborne Electric has sponsored the event, and more than 5,000 students have participated.
"This is basically a fun day to increase awareness of safety, conservation and jobs related to the generation, delivery and use of electric energy," Bridges said.
Programs include "Hair Raising and Other Stuff" taught by Robbie Lawson of Claiborne Electric and "Generation to PlayStation" conducted by Bridges. His talk will discuss what electricity is, fuel sources and transmission lines.
"We sponsor this event because we feel a special bond with 4-H programs and the LSU AgCenter," said Joey White, director of communications and marketing for Claiborne Electric. "There has always been a great deal of cooperation between 4-H agents and cooperative extension agents with electric cooperatives. In many cases, agents were instrumental in getting coops formed in communities. We value that relationship and want to continue to foster education wherever we can."
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture