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Leacock’s hailed for 4H move

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Leacock’s hailed for 4H move

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Now in its 68th year, Leacock’s Private School has added another dimension to its education thrust with the establishment of a 4H Club.
The group of 27 eager students, led by retired secondary school teacher and avid agriculturalist Anthony Yearwood, recently launched their club during a short ceremony at its Farm Road, St Peter, location.
Delivering the feature address, national 4H programme coordinator Hamilton Blackman told the students, friends and family: “In these days when there are so many distractions, so many organisations that you can join, so many things that you can do and you decide to become a 4H member, it is fairly commendable.
“The person I am today is because of my involvement in the 4H movement in the early days.”
He told the recruits they were now members of an international organisation with over eight million young people in 50 countries.
“We like to pride ourselves in that we have a foundation in agriculture. Particularly in these days, a knowledge and awareness of agriculture is fairly important. [However] I want to stress that 4H is not only about agriculture; it’s about health, home economics, handicraft and whatever you want to do can be a part of the 4H programme.”
He added St Peter had a rich history in the 4H movement.
“In the 70s some of the strongest 4H clubs in Barbados came from this parish . . . . The teachers and bankers, they will tell you that it is because of the foundation they got by being involved in the 4H movement.
“Last year we celebrated 50 years of 4H in Barbados and for those years as an organization, I was around and I am still excited about the 4H movement in Barbados. You are very fortunate to have Mr Yearwood as your leader, who is very passionate about 4H and I am sure that he is going to bring all his skills to the movement.”
During the evening, there was a performance by the 4H members of the school’s dance group Leacock’s Dancers, while Beverley Richards, who teaches craft there, organised a seedlings display.
A number of special prizes were awarded to members of the new club entitled Young Sprouts, which included Choiselle Joseph who came up with the name.
The leadership of the club, which meets every Tuesday after school, comprises president Tia Bend, vice-president Denella Elliott, secretary Nzingha Joseph, treasurer Chanelle Best, assistant secretary treasurer Tori Bend and public relations officer Rosha Welch-Payne. (RL)