A 22 -member delegation representing West Virginia 4-H is participating in todays (Oct. 10) White House Conference on School Safety in Chevy Chase, Md.

A recent rash of school shootings has prompted the panel, which is chaired by Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Panelists include representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice and education, and President and Mrs. Bush are also attending.

Our West Virginia 4-H program already makes such an important positive contribution in the lives of so many young people,said Debbie McDonald, WVU Extensions State 4-H leader.We are proud to represent West Virginia at this national event and are hopeful that we can contribute to making Americas schools safer places.

The West Virginia delegation includes WVU Extension faculty Brent Clark, Doug Hovatter, Debbie McDonald and Shanna Nicodemus. Three members of the WVU Collegiate 4-H ClubDerek Fincham, Hannah Swecker and Sarah Potter Grammoand 10 high school 4-Hers from Berkeley and Jefferson counties are also attending.

More about the conference on the Net:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/10/20061009-2.html