Green Chimneys Students Make Their Mark at the 2015 4-H Fair

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July 28, 2015

NEWS_4H_Fair_July2015.JPGEach year, Green Chimneys students spend several months preparing for, and looking forward to, the annual Putnam County 4H Fair. The fair is a tradition in Putnam County and for our students, as well, giving them the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of farm animals and a variety of researched topics of interest.

Younger students participate in small animal presentations and judging at the Green Chimneys Brewster campus in early spring, while older students prepare to show large animals in the livestock competition held at the fair. Additionally, as part of their regular academic curriculum, classes develop collaborative science or research projects of their choice and create dynamic educational displays for fair attendees to view.

This year, students presented their farm animal expertise with a selection sheep and llamas. Participants spent 4 months preparing for the nerve-wracking showmanship evaluation, which includes handling of the animal, knowledge of the breed, and its care. In the weeks leading up to the fair weekend, students gave up their scheduled after school programs to practice together and make sure they were fully ready for their moment to shine.

Class projects also represented serious skills in research and presentation with historical topics such as the Civil Rights Movement and famous military forts of New York State; literary studies from classical (Shakespeare) to pop culture (Harry Potter); and science and ecology projects focused on frogs, butterflies and insects.

All this hard work and planning resulted in more than a few Grand Champion awards and a lot of proud students. We are equally proud of the teachers, farm staff, interns and volunteers who help to make it all possible. Congratulations to all!

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