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Halifax County 4-H Community Club revived

New life is being breathed into the Lucky Leaf 4-H Community Club these days.

The first meeting of the Lucky Leaf 4-H Community Club in more than five years was held April 14 when youth ages 5-18 met at the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department to learn about the values and benefits of 4-H while enjoying a hot dog, chips, water and a cookie.  

For the second meeting, the club partnered with the Southside Master Gardener Association to landscape the grounds of the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department. At that same meeting, 4-H’er Tessy Henderson did a presentation on embryology and incubating chicken eggs.     

The club reconvened in September as part of the North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department Marathon when 4-H teens set up relays and games to play with the children who came to the marathon.

 Donations were accepted, and information about 4-H in general as well as upcoming events was distributed to anyone interested.  

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Friday night, Oct. 12, during the Lucky Leaf’s family camping and canoeing event when families will camp in the field beside North Halifax Volunteer Fire Department.  

The evening will be filled with fun activities and good food.  The next morning youth will learn about being responsible pet owners from local veterinarian Angela Collins.  They also will participate in a stream quality activity with Central Virginia Community College’s 2012 Instructor of the Year Teresa Ranson.  During this activity youth will learn how to catch macro invertebrates that live in the streambeds, identify them and evaluate the quality of the water based on those inhabitants.   

Prior to launching canoes into the Staunton River at the boat landing in Brookneal, everyone will participate in a water safety and paddling class taught by ACA canoe instructors.  

The number of canoes available is limited to 10 and will be issued on a first come, first serve bases.  

This event is open to anyone eligible for 4-H.  The cost is $15 per person and $25 per family.