Jenkins became involved with planning the event after becoming a member of the Kentucky Child Now Youth Advisory Council. She said that extension agent Janeen Tramble mentioned it to 4-H members last year and she applied. She has been a member since September. The council is made up of people between 15 and 25 years old. Jenkins said they have a meeting every month, usually on conference call.
The Day of Service will be one small component of the National and Global Youth Service Day Learning Project. Jenkins said that Gov. Ernie Fletcher is expected to declare April 21 Youth Service Day in Kentucky. There are also 118 countries that take part in the celebration. All the proceeds in Trigg County will be donated to Relay for Life, Jenkins said. She has been contacting many local businesses and asking them to donate between $100 and $500. Jenkins is a nonvoting youth member of the Cadiz City council and Mayor Lyn Bailey and the council members also agreed to help in some way. She has also managed to get 154 high school students to volunteer to help with the event.
Children aren’t the only ones invited to attend the event. Jenkins said the entire community is welcome and that there will be many educational booths set up in the high school gymnasium. This will include a booth on staying healthy, a DARE booth with Major Duncan Wiggins of Cadiz Police, a booth about farming and its benefits to the community, as well as booths about service clubs and the benefits of volunteering.
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