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On April 26, 2017 over eighty Delaware 4-H youth and adults participated in the 13th annual Delaware 4-H Legislative Day. 4-H’ers began their day at Legislative Hall in Dover where they split into three groups, participating in different workshops throughout the day. One group had the opportunity to tour Legislative Hall, learning the history of the building and discussing the Legislative process with Representative Lyndon Yearick and Senator Ernie Lopez. They also learned how a bill becomes a law. Another group visited the Courthouse to learn about the Judicial process. Two groups also had the opportunity to visit the Delaware Department of Education where they learned about the process of applying for college and other important tasks as students. Members were also able to visit the Delaware State Education Association.
A highlight of the day happened when members were able to participate in a mock voting session and casted their vote for: Their favorite 4-H Event (DE State Fair was the winner!), the projects members enjoy the most (all of them!), when school should start (after Labor Day) and they voted YES that the penalty for texting and driving should be stronger than a $100 fine.
The groups came back together in the afternoon for a 4-H Rally outside of Legislative Hall. We were pleased to have the following legislators in attendance: Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Attorney General Matt Denn, Rep. Lyndon Yearick, Rep. Tim Dukes, Rep. Harvey Kenton and Rep. Ronnie Gray. State 4-H Teen Council Officers in attendance were: Lena Berry, Spring Vasey, Jenna Anger, Hannah O’Hara and Patrick Trunfio.
The day concluded with the members attending a session in the House Chambers. State 4-H Teen Council President, Lena Berry, addressed the Legislators giving them information about Delaware 4-H and thanking them for their support of our program.
Our members were great representatives of 4-H during this event; asking questions about the Legislative process, how to become a member of government, and much more!
View photos from this event on our Delaware 4-H Flickr page!