Cumberland County 4-H club members were recently treated to 4-H Citizenship Fun Day at the Clyde M. York 4-H Training Center.

Taunee Whittenburg, Extension agent, said, "This day is like a graduation for our club members, who have been studying citizenship all year."

About 480 students in grades four through six from all of the county elementary schools and Meridian Christian Academy were invited to attend the day. The 4-H clubs have an enrollment of about 1,700 members throughout the county.

To be eligible to participate, students had to compete in three contests during the year and complete a citizenship project folder. To complete the folders, students had to participate in a county scavenger hunt, interview county officials and perform a career exploration on a career available in Cumberland County. A number of students also participated in a service project, Letters of Hope. The project, which was coordinated by the state 4-H office, asked students to write a letter to a child their age who was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Cumberland County had 924 letters submitted for the project and was recognized during the University of Tennessee men's basketball game against Georgia.

Whittenburg thanked sponsors for the event, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Farm Bureau, United Fund of Cumberland County and Volunteer Energy Cooperative, for their support, as well as the Clyde M. York 4-H Training Center and the school system for arranging transporation and lunch for the event.

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