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4H Club, NMC-CREES thank Torres for summer partnership (Aug. 15, 2016)

In recognition of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ collaboration with the 4H Club and Northern Marianas College-CREES Camp Magalahi Summer Camp Program, 4H president Robert Suzuki presented two certificates of appreciation on Capital Hill for the camp’s utilization and organization of the Carolinian Affairs grounds and the agricultural tours of Torres’ family farm.

Suzuki shared that the 4H Club has been under his lead for the last six years in an effort to advance youth development, health and wellness, environmental conservation, agriculture, and leadership.

This year, Torres welcomed the students of Camp Magalahi to his family farm to learn about the importance of agriculture and sustenance.

Torres along with the Department of Agriculture gave the first tour of his family farm to over 50 students from the USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Carolinian Affairs Office executive assistant John Tagabuel stated that fishing, weaving, and the art of celestial navigation are integral to youth development and cultural preservation. Students had a chance to learn basic celestial navigation from master navigator John Lalogo, weaving, and coconut husking and grinding, among other activities.

In previous years, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Division of Youth Affairs collaborated in these efforts to enhance youth development in the Commonwealth.

Acting governor Victor B. Hocog also expressed his appreciation to the Marianas High School students who served as camp counselors for the past eight weeks. He added that he hopes to see this program developed and extended to the islands of Tinian and Rota.

Hocog noted that Fiscal Affairs chair and Health & Welfare Committee member Sen. Jude U. Hofschneider (R-Tinian), who was present during the presentation, would like to collaborate and see the program grow stronger in the coming years.

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