4-H Members Bring Important Message to the 3rd & 4th Graders at Finley
By Jim Predmore
Holtville 4-H members that have applied to a State leadership program called California Focus 2016 have been making the rounds to the elementary schools to bring awareness of bullying and have started an anti-bullying campaign and brought their program to Finley on Tuesday afternoon.
Eighteen members from our County 4-H applied to the state leadership program called California Focus 2016. It is a two year program. The first phase of the program was a trip to Sacramento last June where the members ran mock state campaigns and elections. They also toured the capital, the 3rd District Court of Appeals and met our county representatives. The second phase of the program required the members to create a
high level community service project. This year’s group decided to bring an anti-bullying campaign to 3rd and 4th grade students at our local schools. To date, the members have visited McCabe, Corfman, Meadows and Finley campuses. They created a skit around the book “Simon’s Hook” and made worksheets, wristbands and a pledge banner for each school site. The message has been well received and the Cal Focus Team has enjoyed bringing more awareness to the issue.
The program started with the 4-H members asking the 3rd and 4th graders what would be considered bullying; the students quickly raised their hands and gave their responses. They then went into their skit about Simon’s bad haircut and how he was bullied because of it and how Simon took the hook. They then gave examples of what not to do to keep from taking the hook of bullying.
The students were all asked to take a pledge to keep from bullying and received a wristband that said “Don’t take the hook”, a copy of the book “Simon’s Hook”.