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4-H reaches goal of 500 youth traveling to Tallahassee

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This year, Florida reached a milestone, marking the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast.

To commemorate that anniversary, more than 500 Florida 4‐H youth will arrive in Tallahassee for its annual 4-H Day at the Capitol event on March 14.  The UF-based organization will welcome an additional 250 parent and adult participants.

 “4-H Day at the Capitol is a unique event because it isn’t just about being at the capitol and looking at the legislative chambers, but it is about understanding what is taking place within those chambers,” said Jordan Callaham, state 4-H events coordinator.

The event has drawn just under 400 4-H youth in recent years, so we are excited to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Florida with over 500 youth participants, Callaham said.

Participants will take part in mock legislative sessions, observe government at work, watch the state’s Supreme Court, or any of a number of other activities designed to enlighten them about government.

The 4-H’ers also will have the chance to meet and talk with elected officials.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization and has more than 220,000 members in Florida. 4-H is part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

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Contact

Writer: Shaumond Scott, 352-846-4444, scottsa@ufl.edu