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Rebecca McCord is a mother of some 4-H children and helps to organize the achievement day. She says the skills learned in 4-H are critical for the members, as many of them come from the most rural parts of town, unable to secure that first job many find in the fast-food industry or other youth-friendly markets.
“For a lot of these rural kids, since they’re an hour or two hours from town, they can’t run and work at McDonalds or do any of that stuff at a store,” McCord explained…”What they make above and beyond the expense of the animal, they get to keep and save. A lot of them put it towards college.”
Some of the real world implications include bookkeeping, journal records, public speaking, judging, and of course farming.
Tyrell Trask, 16 years old, has been a member of 4-H for 7 years and says while he enjoys being part of a club with friends and animals, his proudest accomplishment has been the ability to speak in front of large crowds.
“Every year around February, you have to do a speaking show or a speech, or a demo, or an educational display,” Trask said. “I have done all of them and I’ve learned lots of stuff about it, like how you stand up in front of people and talk in public, an how you do boards, make all the pictures and information balance.”
The two day event ended with local businesses coming out, buying some of the market animals and encouraging the 4-H kids to continue their job well done.
For more information about the club and how you can get involved, visit their website at bc4h.bc.ca.
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