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SEMS goes green for 4-H
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Pictured left to right during the green out for 4-H at South Effingham Middle School are 4-H member Samantha Zittrauer, SEMS teacher Christine Kirkland, Junior 4-H public relations chair Logan Byrd and Effingham County Extension agent Abby Smith. Not pictured is 4-H volunteer Melissa Byrd. - photo by Photo provided

South Effingham Middle School turned green last Friday in support of 4-H.

For a donation to 4-H, SEMS students could wear jeans and green rather than the usual school uniform. The “green out” raised more than $600 for 4-H.

“We are glad to be able to support an organization that has done so much to support our students and our schools,” said SEMS Principal April Hodges.

The contributions will support a variety of 4-H programs and activities. The 4-H organization promotes positive youth development and is open to ages 9-19.

The fundraiser was spearheaded by Christine Kirkland, a teacher at SEMS and 4-H program development team member.

“4-H offers so many opportunities for students at SEMS,” Kirkland said. “The 4-H Jeans and Green Out was a fun way to help 4-H fund some of those programs.”

Junior 4-H public relations chair Logan Byrd and 4-H member Samantha Zittrauer helped collect donations on the morning of the fundraiser, and 4-H volunteer Melissa Byrd also assisted.