1,500 4-H’ers to convene at Louisiana Capitol June 5

Mark Tassin, Gautreaux, Craig  |  5/16/2008 12:52:30 AM

News Release Distributed 05/16/08

As part of the year-long celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Louisiana in 2008, more than 1,500 4-H’ers are registered for “4-H Day at the Capitol” on June 5.

4-H students and volunteer leaders will meet with their legislative representatives, go on tours of the Capitol, attend committee meetings and be recognized for the contributions 4-H has made to the state during its 100 years, according to Terril Faul, 4-H coordinator with the LSU AgCenter.

“This event, which is the 7th annual, gives 4-H students and volunteer leaders an opportunity to actually witness how the legislative process works. It really is an eye-opening experience for them. Many have never been to Baton Rouge before,” Faul said. “What makes the trip unique is that members of the legislature serve as guides and provide an intimate tour of some of the rooms and backrooms in the building.”

The event begins with an assembly at 10 a.m. on the steps of the Capitol. Speakers will include legislators, many of whom participated in 4-H during their youth, along with officials from the LSU AgCenter.

“We’re trying to determine exact numbers. But we think more than half of the Legislature are former 4-H’ers,” Faul said.

“This is one of the best civics lessons a young person can have – a day here meeting with their representatives and actually seeing how bills are debated on their way to becoming laws,” said Mark Tassin, LSU AgCenter 4-H director.

Jonas Augustine, a St. Charles Parish 4-H’er and the state president, is scheduled to address both chambers of the legislature and explain the important role the organization plays in the lives of young people.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization, and in Louisiana, more than 224,000 students and 6,000 volunteer leaders participated in 4-H activities this past school year. For more information regarding 4-H, visit www.lsuagcenter.com.

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Contacts: Terril Faul at (225) 578-2196, or tfaul@agcenter.lsu.edu

Mark Tassin at (225) 578-2196, or mgtassin@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Craig Gautreaux at (225) 578-5673, or cgautreaux@agcenter.lsu.edu

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