Focus on 4H

By | Published Thursday, March 7, 2010

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If you are between the ages of 5 and 8 (Clover Kids) or 9 and 19 (4-H), take a look at 4-H. 4-H is more than a club. It is young people getting ready for the future. In 4-H, you will work with other people in a 4-H club, in your school or with another organization. 4-H’ers can also go to camps, show their work at fairs, travel, host youth from other countries, attend meetings and events with other young people, and much more.

What will I do in 4-H?

4-H members choose projects that interest them. Texas has more than 40 4-H projects to choose from. You attend meetings, participate in new learning experiences and may be involved in making presentations and community service projects. You may also want to participate in 4-H camps, the county fair or trips to other states and countries.

How do I join 4-H?

Call Texas AgriLife Extension Service at (940) 627-3341. Adrian Arredondo, the 4-H agent for Wise County, will be able to guide you to 4-H opportunities in your community.

How much does it cost to join 4-H?

Joining 4-H costs little or nothing. Some projects may require an investment to get started.

We live in the city. Can I join 4-H?

4-H programs are open to all young people, no matter where they live. There are programs in every county in Texas. If you live in a town or city, you can participate in 4-H activities with pets and small animals, drama, food and nutrition, mini gardens, photography, woodworking, leadership and more.

How old do I have to be to join 4-H?

4-H programs are open to all young people from third grade through age 19. A special 4-H Clover kids programs is available for children in kindergarten through the second grade, ages 5 through 8.

What about my parents or guardians?

Your parents don’t have to become 4-H leaders when you join 4-H, but there are many opportunities for them to help. This help can range from being a project leader to driving members to activities or supplying refreshments for a meeting. Adult volunteers are carefully screened and trained to ensure the safety of the 4-H’ers.

Who sponsors 4-H in Texas?

4-H is an education program provided through the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Texas A&M University System and state, federal and county government in each of the state’s 254 counties.

Wise County 4-H community service project: Please bring a case of water to the Extension office by Friday, May 22, in support of “Jackie’s Race for Recovery,” a benefit fun run for Jackie Murphree that will be held May 23. For more information, call the Extension office.

Record book training will be held on Monday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Slidell Jr./Sr. High School library. County record books are due at the Extension office June 22. If you have any questions, call (940) 627-3341.

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