Gainesville Daily Register

April 25, 2013

Fundraiser helps 4-Hers visit Washington , D.C.

By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer

Cooke County — A spaghetti dinner will be held Friday, April 26 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the First State Bank Conference Center on behalf of the Cooke County 4-H clubs and their upcoming trip to Washington D.C. this summer. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children.

The proceeds from the event will help to send Cooke County 4-H members, Meg Fletcher, Davis Grant, Jordan Hale, William Lewis, Grant Wilson, Lizzy Wilson, Victoria Smith and chaperones County Extension Agent Phyllis Griffin and parent James Lewis to the National 4-H Center’s Citizenship Washington Focus. (CWF) being held this summer.

CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. The Focus location is one mile from Washington D.C. The event is held each summer with thousands of young people participating in the program.

Phyllis Griffin, an agent with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has been working with the 4 -H members and is looking forward to accompanying the group this summer.

“This is a great opportunity for these students to strengthen their communication , leadership and citizenship skills on a national level with the historical backdrop of Washington D.C.,” Griffin said.

The trip helps teach the students how to be better citizens, she said.

“It’s important for them to understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities and citizenship development while having the opportunity to meet other youth from diverse backgrounds,” Griffin noted.

The menu being served Friday will include chicken spaghetti, meat spaghetti, salad, bread, desserts and tea. Take out will be available.

There will also be a silent auction.