Advisers Eva Mizell and Aimee Martin passed out green wigs to the Live Oak Elementary School 4-H Club members on April 17, as the students prepared themselves to make as much noise as possible for the annual 4-H Song and Yell Contest in the Walker High School gym.
“We’re Krewe D’ Live Oak,” Mizell said, as the group prepared their costumes for their Song and Yell, contest entry, a 4-H centered song to the tune of Mardi Gras Mambo, called, of course, the 4-H Mambo.
They’ve been working on the number for a couple of weeks, Martin said, and everyone pitched in to help.
Macie and Leisa Munson, 11-year-old twin sisters, contributed the choreography for the song.
Fifth-grader Carson Jones, president of the chapter, was holding a crown that would be part of his song and yell costume, but he also had other things to worry about.
Carson was also chosen to participate in talent competition, as well, in which he performed his version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
But he wasn’t nervous, he said. He’s very comfortable singing in front of people, even if it’s a gymnasium full of fellow 4-Hers.
Carson gives 4-H some of the credit for that. The club has taught him a lot about leadership and responsibility, he said.
Abbigail Delanoix, in fourth-grade, agreed. One of the ways she learned to be responsible is in caring for her dog.
“We demonstrated how to give a dog a bath,” she said, adding that it’s very important not to get soap or water in their eyes.
They also raised money, as a club, to donate to Smile Delivery, an organization that gives gifts to children with illnesses, she said.
Leadership and community service are both important elements in 4-H, said Serena McClendon, adviser for the Levi Milton Elementary School Club, one of the larger clubs in the gym, with 70 members.
The girls in the group wore flowered headbands, and everyone wore bandanas and tie-dyed shirts. “We’re singing a version of the Coke Song — ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing’? That one,” McClendon said.
While this portion of the 4-H experience was about fun, McClendon said, the rest of their time at the rally was about recognizing achievements of the past year, and putting their knowledge to the test.
Students did that by taking tests, performing in the talent portion of the rally and being recognized for the work they’d done the rest of the year.