Area 4-H member will attend inauguration

A Bowler 4-H member is one of 31 Wisconsin 4-H representatives who will attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president Friday in Washington, D.C.

Lauren Bahr, a freshman at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, will attend Citizenship Washington Focus, a 4-H program that strengthens youth citizenship skills, which for the first time is convening during a presidential inauguration.

“It’s a chance for me to learn about the government in a more hands-on learning atmosphere with people from across the country,” Bahr said. “I am excited to be part of this.”

Approximately 500 4-H members from around the country will gather for five days next week to learn more about the democratic process, the executive branch, careers in politics, history of the presidency, election process and role of the press.

They will learn new skills in leadership, community service and multi-cultural integration through workshops, discussion groups and speakers. They will also participate in their own mock campaigns and elections, and visit memorials, historic sites and museums.

Also, delegates will participate in hands-on projects during a day of commununity service as they develop work skills while helping others improve themselves. The networking skills that youth gain during the event will help them in their after-conference work in addressing youth needs in their communities.

Partial funding for Bahr’s participation is provided by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

She is the daughter of Becky and Paul Bahr, of Wittenberg, and has been in 4-H for five years.

For information about Shawano County 4-H programs, call 715-526-6136.