Tuesday, March 27, 2007

4H Takes Us to Springfield!

Hannah was asked to attend the 4H Legislative Connection XI, in Springfield, Illinois. As a spokesperson for the 4-H Program, Hannah met with state legislators to discuss important issues that concern Illinois youth. She also attended a workshop on state government and the legislative process. Sarah and I were able to join her on this adventure and it turned out to be a great time for all of us!

Hannah was chosen because of her superior award for her Pass Port to Japan project last summer at the State Fair.

Sarah really enjoyed the cemetery and it's history. The grounds were beautiful and the walking really refreshed us after the long drive.

The first place we visited was the Lincoln Tomb. Here we are rubbing Lincoln's nose, this is tradition for all visitors (for good luck or something).

Hannah was so excited to participate in this tradition since she had read about it in an American Girl "Molly" book.

On the same grounds as the Lincoln Tomb is the World War II Illinois Veteran's Memorial. These were all very moving memorials. Reading them brings the visitors to a better understanding of the sacrifice given by Illinois soldiers.

The next morning we got up very early and made our way to the Capitol Building.

Hannah and Sarah at the Legislative Connection Rally. It was really exciting to see so many 4H'rs from all over the state!

Hannah purchased these bunnies for a 4H collection of stuffed animals to send to soldiers children when their parents are deployed over seas.

Before we left, we were able to meet with our Representative, Robert "Bob" Rita. We asked him to continue to support 4H in our county and all over the state of Illinois.

After the rally, we visited the Old State Capitol. It was very exciting to see the room where Abraham Lincoln ran his presidential campaign. A very kind docent answered many questions, his enthusiasm encouraged us to learn more!

Here the girls pose with Lincoln and his sons.
We had a great time in Springfield and can't wait to return!

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