4-H in the Classroom

Florida 4-H annually reaches a quarter million youth through various school enrichment programs. In Indian River County, we support the four programs listed below, but are willing to provide curricula and direction for hundreds more school enrichment programs.

4-H & Tropicana Public Speaking Program

The 4-H & Tropicana Public Speaking Program is designed to help young people find their voice, and gain the valuable life skill of public speaking. The program is open to fourth- and fifth-grade students in Indian River County public or private schools. In 2010-2011, we will open the program to sixth-grade students as well.

The program is entirely funded by The Tropicana Corporation. It also meets Sunshine State Standard for Language Arts. Last year, more than 1,400 youth participated in the program in Indian River County.

There is also the added element of competition. Teachers hold a classroom competition; school coordinators hold a schoolwide competition; and the 4-H Office hosts a countywide competition in early May. County winners in the fourth and fifth grade recieve a free trip to Indian River's week away at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf!

Contact the Indian River County Extension Office for materials and to register your class or school.



With any school program its success can be credited to the classroom teacher. We appreciate your eagerness to participate and have compiled this booklet to assist your planning. Your students will thoroughly enjoy this hands-on, learning-by-doing activity.
Why is public speaking important? As an educator, you know that many problems in our fast-paced society arise, not because we don’t know the answers, but because we cannot communicate effectively.

The best time to teach people to talk and think on their feet is when they are young. This is the objective of the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program. The Program is sponsored by Tropicana and administered through the 4-H Youth Development Program Extension Service of the University of Florida.

The program is structured to be a part of everyday classroom activities. In addition, the excitement of a competition is added. A real challenge occurs when children prepare to express themselves in front of an audience. Some students overcome their initial fear of public speaking more easily than others. The emphasis of the Program is on the growth of every student participant. It is important for all young students to have an opportunity to take pride in the expression of their ideas.

Materials Provided

  • Teacher's Lesson Plan Book
  • Parent Letter
  • Tips for Public Speaking
  • Contest Rules
  • Class and Schoolwide Awards

Farm Bureau's Ag Literacy Day

4-H celebrates National Ag Day by coordinating the Ag Literacy project in Indian River County. Local volunteers travel to your classroom and read to the children from that year's children's book about agriculture. The kids love to ask questions about the animals and farming, and our volunteers are prepared to answer. When finished reading to all classes, the book is donated to your school's library.

Contact Christine Kelly-Begazo at the Indian River County Extension Office for more information.


4-H Farm Days at the Fair

Each year, during the Indian River County Firefighters' Fair, the Extension Office invites local pre-K and kindergarten classes to take a field trip to the Ag Pavilion, which is full of our 4-H'ers project animals.

Your students will be introduced to cattle, pigs, goats, rabbits, and chickens. Our 4-H youth will speak about their project animals. There are several other hands-on exhibits that let your students feel like they're helping out on the farm.

Last year, more than 400 pre-K and Kindergarten student participated. Contact Christine Kelly-Begazo at the Indian River County Extension Service for more information.