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McNairy County 4-H Health Rocks!

The McNairy County 4-H Clubs are conducting the 4-H Health Rocks! program in cooperation with Project Enrich at five schools this year.   Participating schools are: Adamsville Elementary, Adamsville High, Bethel Springs Elementary, Michie Elementary, and Ramer Elementary.  The program educates youth in grades 4-12 in tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention using hands-on, fun learning activities, and includes a grant for $3,240.00 to buy supplies and additional curriculum.  Project Enrich partnered with 4-H, and pays teachers in the after school program. The 4-H Health Rocks! Leadership Team attended a statewide training this January.  In turn, they trained teachers at the participating McNairy County schools.  This picture shows the team preparing to teach the teachers.  Members are (l to r: ) Dalton Whitley, Bethel Springs Elementary School (BSES) Student; Dillon Kinchen, BSES Student; Ladonna Rowland, BSES Teacher; Julie Harstin, 4-H Agent; and Jamelia Gunter, BSES Student (not pictured.)  Dalton Whitley and Dillon Kinchen are using the Health Rocks! curriculum to teach Bethel Springs youth in the Junior Kids Against Meth Ending Lives (K.A.M.E.L.) Club, led by Ladonna Rowland. Dalton is using those experiences as his 8th Grade Project as well.  McNairy County Extension offers programs in agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development.  The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and McNairy County governments are cooperating.  UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

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