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04/08/04

Lessons Still Learned During Spring Break

These children are spending their vacation learning a thing or two about the art of productivity - realizing when you put your mind to it, you can create things like tool boxes, foot stools, and so much more.

"I've learned about different things like soap making, there's also making door hangers, and a penny for your thoughts," said camper Keturah Gresham.

This three-day 4-H Spring Break camp is filled with hands-on experimental learning activities, such as a wood-burning project completed with a little help from members of the Biloxi Home Depot, who learned a few lessons of their own.

"The kids - you gotta deal with them. There's a lot of kids today. It's fun though, and you really brings a smile and warmth to me, especially to Team Depot and the whole Biloxi store. You know it's all about the community," said Biloxi Home Depot captain Clayton Fairley.

And it's all a way to make vacation time fun and educational.

While laughing and playing with friends, they are learning about physical and emotional health as well as the well being of the community and the environment.

"They have an opportunity to interact with kids their age, interact with younger kids. We've seen this week where senior 4-H members 14 and older have actually helped the younger ones. 4-H is keeping kids off the street. You know a lot of people know 4-H for livestock , but we are so much more," said MSU extension 4-H youth agent Sharon Watkins.

The club wants to offer the children not only a passport to fun, but also to the future.

Thursday is the last day for the 4-H Spring Break Camp.

If you would like for your child to participate, the camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Good Deeds Community Center.

The fee is three dollars.

By Karla Redditte

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