CHARLESTON — Visitors to West Virginia’s State Capitol witness hundreds of the state’s 4-H’ers as they begin a new chapter in their lives last week. For many who attended West Virginia University and WVU Extension’s education-filled Day at the Legislature in Charleston, it was the first time to see their legislature in action.
“For many of our 4-H youth and adult volunteers, this is their first time seeing the Capitol,” said Steve Bonanno, interim director of WVU Extension Service. “We want to provide them with an opportunity to see how decisions are made in their state and to see what higher education has to offer them.”
More than 50 programs were offered at exhibit in the Capitol’s upper and lower rotundas on Friday, March 22.
West Virginia 4-H’ers, Master Gardeners, Community Educational Outreach Service members, and Extension volunteers from across the state all attended the event.
In addition, nearly 100 youth from across the state observed the legislative process as part of their curriculum in a three-day WVU Extension 4-H Civic Engagement Forum, held in conjunction with the Day at the Legislature.