Grayson County’s Agri-life Extension program cooked up Mexican food for public officials Tuesday. The luncheon was a way for the program to update local leaders on recent successes and future plans.

Grayson County’s Agri-life Extension program cooked up Mexican food for public officials Tuesday. The luncheon was a way for the program to update local leaders on recent successes and future plans.


Among those present at the luncheon Tuesday were Bethany Holt of Sherman, Carylan and Cadey Vickers of Van Alstyne. All three of the girls went on the recent trip to Washington D.C.


Joyce White, the county’s Family and Consumer Science agent, said she was excited to have the 4H students at the luncheon.


"A couple of times of year we do an interpretation just to let our elected officials now about the programs that are upcoming so they know where their budget dollars are being used," White said. She said approximately 25 people attended the luncheon and they got to meet four of the local students who attended Citizenship Washington Focus.


CWF is a week-long trip that lets youngsters tour the nation’s capital and get a behind the scene look at government in action.


Cadey Vickers, 12, was one of the two youngest participants in Washington DC and said she really enjoyed the entire process.


"We have done small 4H trips," Carylan Vickers, also of Van Alstyne, said, "but I have actually never been out of the state. This was a great experience."


Bethany Holt agreed and said she was excited to be at the lunch Tuesday. "They are the ones who helped us in going, so it’s nice to say ‘Thank You’ and give back to the ones that helped us."


White said the county didn’t actually contribute any money to the trip, but they allow the Extension Office to have space in the courthouse and that is support that is appreciated and needed. She said the lunch was a success.


"It was casual. I gave an introduction of the kids and we just highlighted some of the programs we have done and some of the stuff coming up," she explained. She said that includes a Diabetes program coming up in September.


"There is a friend of friend event in Whitesboro, which is a cancer preventive program," White said. She added that the new 4H year kicks off in August and the 4H achievement banquet is also in August.


She also said a master naturalist program is getting ready to start. "It is like our master gardeners, but they deal with trees and more found in nature," she explained. She said the office gets a lot of questions about trees. The naturalist will have to go through training just like the gardeners and will have to promise to give back to their community with the knowledge that they gain.