Youth build character by learning to work together
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During the recent Character Education Assembly, students worked together to get their entire team across an imaginary raging river, using only two “tree limbs.”
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The Bee County Youth Board is a group of students around the county who are involved in different organizations coming together and presenting an educational event.

The board is not only for youth; adults are welcome to serve with the youth in the process of planning and facilitating the event. The Youth Board encourages and strengthens the youths’ and adults’ ability to work with each other on the same project.

In October 2008, the Youth Board met and brainstormed on what the youth in Bee County need to know more about. They had many great ideas, but character education was at the top of the list. Also, the youth stressed that the assembly had to be fun and active, but educational.

From there, Kelsey Hill, CEA-FCS, set-up a character education program with the Skidmore-Tynan High School. From January to March, Hill met with the 9th-grade class at Skidmore-Tynan High and conducted fun, educational lessons once a month.

In April, the Youth Board ended the character education program with an interactive assembly promoting good communication, teamwork and good character skills. The 9th-graders had to work to get “Across a River” as a team, travel across the Australian desert, make baskets out of limited resources, and communicate to get a marble to go down a broken pipe. All of these activities had everybody having fun and learning to work together with good character.

The Youth Board thanks its members, Allison Porter, Nycole Thomas, Zach Mortensen, Jodi Parkman, Kayla Ready, Rebecca Ready, Levi Draper, Department of State Health Service Staff, Donnie Montemayor, and also the Skidmore-Tynan High School Staff and the 9th-grade class.

If anyone is interested in joining the 2010 Youth Board, youths age 15 and over and adults too, contact Kelsey Hill, CEA-FCS, Bee County, at 362-3280, come by at 210 E. Corpus Christi St., Beeville, or e-mail at
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