From press reports
A group of over 50 Mississippi 4-H high school leaders received a lesson in Cooperative 101 July 22 at the 4-County Electric Power Association Corporate Center.
The cooperative hosted the group, comprised of first place winners in senior level competition at this year’s 4-H Congress, state awareness team members and state 4-H Council officers.
Young leaders got a first-hand look at cooperative hospitality as they were treated to breakfast at 4-County’s Corporate Center Pavilion. The group also viewed a hot line safety demonstration provided by 4-County linemen and watched a video detailing the cooperative’s history. Laura Revel of Noxubee County was impressed.
“I especially enjoyed the historical aspect of how electricity really changed the landscape of Mississippi. It’s also very clear that electricity is dangerous. It’s kind of like fire. Fire can be good for a lot of things. You just have to know how to use it properly. Electricity is the same way,” Revel said. Nadia McKinley of Choctaw County agreed. “It was very informative. While electricity is very dangerous, we’re so glad to have it. It’s come a long way.”
Laura Lemons, an assistant professor in human sciences at Mississippi State University and working with the 4-H group through the extension service, said the 4-H cooperative leadership tour allows “the best of the best” of our youth to experience the real business of cooperatives. “I’m a firm believer in experiential education. I think there’s this is the kind of experience that they will remember long term. They’ll remember coming to 4-County and learning what electricity looks like,” Lemons said. The group also visited the Mississippi Delta later in the day.
Officials at 4-County believe the relationship with 4-H is beneficial for both parties. “It’s a great way to kick off the day when 4-County can be involved with such an exemplary group of young people. Take a good look at a group like this today and you’ve got a great look at tomorrow’s leaders,” said Joe Cade, 4-County CEO/general manager.