By Shelby Burnett and Josie Kritter
Special to the Rappahannock News
On Feb. 7, the 4-H Community Club organized a charter bus trip to the Virginia State Capitol for a “4-H Day at the Capitol.” Along with 46 other students from Rappahannock and Culpeper county schools, parent chaperones and teachers, we boarded the bus bright and early on the frigid Tuesday morning to commence our two-hour ride and activity-packed journey.
As we got off the bus into the chilly morning air, the sights of our State Capitol building and historical statues in the distance amazed us. Our tour guide took us through the most important areas of the Capitol. As we toured the Senate floor, we were able to meet and question a few of the pages who were interning there (both of whom were not yet 14 years old!).
After our tour and a quick snack, we met with our local delegates, Edward Scott and Michael Webert, the latter representing the 18th district, which includes Rappahannock County. We asked the delegates a few questions, took some pictures and presented them with a traditional clover plant. They spoke to us about current legislation that would directly impact our students and county. They were extremely friendly and cool, and everyone really enjoyed being able to meet with them.
Our group then loaded back on the bus and went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. We had a nice lunch outside in the sun before going in. We had about three hours in the museum, so we were able to see a lot – and play a few rounds of hide-and-seek! The paintings and sculptures were beautiful. It was amazing to see artwork like that and try to interpret it.
The 4-H Community Club hopes to make this an annual event. Thanks to everyone who helped make it possible. It was great to see everyone so excited about our state’s history! It was a fun, personal experience for the students, chaperones, and 4-Hers, and a huge success!
Shelby Burnett is a student at Rappahannock County High School; Josie Kritter attends Culpeper’s Eastern View High School.