CHARLESTON – Mingo County 4-Hers and the Family and Health Agent traveled to Charleston on Friday, Feb. 19 for WVU and WVU Extension Day at the Legislature.
Good weather made the State Capitol’s new security procedures easier to navigate as close to 400 people from around West Virginia sought admission to the building. The purpose of the day was to show support for West Virginia University and to advocate for the programs of the WVU Extension Service.
More than two dozen interactive and educational exhibits from WVU colleges and programs were displayed in the upper and lower rotundas. Mark Whitt, WVUES ATV Safety Expert and Lynn Byus, ASI instructor, presented the ATV Safety Program and were approached by many wanting information about ATV Safety. The West Virginia Sheriffs Association and the WVUES Junior Firefighters requested that their group receive the ASI ATV RiderCourse training.
Dana Wright, Family and Health Agent, along with other WVUES employees presented “The Love Your Heart Movement” to our constituents. At noon, there was a council circle led by WVU President E. Gordon Gee, WVU Extension Service Dean and Director Steve Bonanno, and WVU Collegiate 4-H’ers.
Whitt stated “this was a great educational experience for our group and for many of them this was their first visit to our beautiful Capitol. They really enjoyed meeting with their Legislatures, Senator Art Kirkendoll and being recognized by Delegate Justin Marcum while observing the House in session from the galley.”
The group also enjoyed lunch at Bob Evans and then two hours of bowling at the Hatfield McCoy Recreational Center. A fun time was had by all that went bowling and some were quoted as saying what a great day they had and that they are looking forward to camp this summer. Mr. Whitt went on to say “we have a great bunch of 4-Hers and we received many compliments on how well behaved they were”.
The 4-H group met with Delegates Marcum, Phyllis White, Rupie Phillips, Jeff Eldridge and Senator Art Kirkendoll. In appreciation for the work of our West Virginia legislators, and to showcase Extension programs, a small token, provided by WVU-ES, was given to the legislators. Delegate Marcum also gave our 4-Hers a gift.
Among those collecting information about WVU and their programs was 104 Mingo County 4-Hers, their sponsors, and parents. Mingo County was represented by WVU-ES’s Mark Whitt, Associate Professor; Alice Ritz, Administrative Assistant; Dana Wright, Family and Health Agent, Adult Volunteers Lynn Byus, Lori Krise, Shawna Belcher, Jessica May, Amanda Baisden, Kim Spaulding, Christa Hanshaw, Cindy Calfee, Barbara Fields, Pam Hager, Brandi Thacker, students from Burch Elementary, Burch Middle, Dingess Elementary, Kermit K-8, Lenore K-8, Matewan K-8, Mingo Central High, and Williamson K-8. In appreciation for the work of our West Virginia legislators, and to showcase Extension programs, a small token to legislators is planned for this year’s event.
Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties in which they serve.
To learn more about 4-H and other WVU Extension programs, contact the insert Mingo County Office of the WVU Extension Service contact Mark Whitt at 304-235-2692 x 2 or visit www.ext.wvu.edu.