How to Help Our Military Heroes

Veronica Del Bianco  |  11/6/2013 3:47:32 AM

Did you know that 4-H adult volunteers include military personnel? Sgt. Melvin Jennings (right) taught 4-H’ers Hunter Minion (left) and Jozie Castillo (middle) teamwork, food safety, and knife skills and safety to prepare for the Next Healthy 4-H Food Star competition. The Vernon Parish team placed 5th at 4-H University, a statewide event held on the LSU campus. Photo by Christy Oliver

Sgt. Jennings volunteered over 50 hours of service to Vernon Parish 4-H youth. Photo by Kemberly V. Johnson

Sgt. Melvin Jennings, 1st MEB 41st Transportation Company at Ft. Polk, was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteer Service. He was presented this award by Col. Van Camp, Warrior Brigade Commander, and Sgt. Major Rutledge, Command Sgt. of 1st MEB. Photo by Kemberly V. Johnson

Each year, the Louisiana State 4-H Citizenship Board, a group of civic-minded 4-H youth, determine the focus of our statewide service-learning. This year the Citizenship Board is highlighting our military personnel. With Veterans Day just around the corner on November 11th, this is a perfect time to introduce the statewide initiative to your 4-H club.

Ideas for learning about:

Remember according to the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, service- learning is a method whereby participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that:

  • Is organized in and meets the needs of a community;
  • Helps foster civic responsibility;
  • Enhances the educational component of the community service agency; and,
  • Provides structured time for participants to reflect on the service experience.

For more resources on developing service-learning projects visit the LSU AgCenter's service-learning page. For additional information and resources on military focused service-learning projects visit the Louisiana 4-H Volunteer resource page.

Special thanks to the following individuals who have contributed to the State 4-H Service Program: Board Military Service Presentation - Christina Bunch, OMK Coordinator and Kasie Dugas, Student Worker; Military Leaflets and Fliers - State 4-H Student Workers, Brittany Babineaux and Peyton Beattie and State 4-H Citizenship Board Member, Kaylee Boswell from Allen parish.

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