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Children get work experience at SEMO fair


For some, the SEMO District Fair is a place is a place to learn life lessons.

The Fruitland 4-H Club was out on Saturday serving food to customers. The group of children worked for seven hours learning the skills to work in a real life job. 

Children learned the job skills of waiting tables, being a cashier, a cook, and other areas. 

"It's a good opportunity and it's fun. Because you get to add money and you get to see your friends sometimes," Micheal Kieninger, a 4-H student, said. "It's fun because you don't have to sit there and watch TV at home and everything." 

Bea Lorenz, the leader of the Fruitland 4-H club, says she is impressed with the skills these children have acquired in such a short period of time. 

"By working they're benefiting themselves. They help pay for their trip to camp or other trips the kids go on," Lorenz said. "They're all putting in and getting out of it at the same time."

Not only is it fun, but children say that it helps prepare them for entering the workforce in the future. 

"It helps a lot of my social skills whenever I get to talk to people I never met and take their order," Hailey Yates said. 

Money raised goes back into the 4-H group to help with the costs of other projects including picking up trash, woodworking, welding, camp, and more. 

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