Louisiana Youngsters Making The 4-H Connection; National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8

Terril D. Faul, Mcdonald, Louise W., Coolman, Denise  |  9/23/2005 1:53:30 AM

News Release Distributed 09/22/05

Louisiana youngsters will join other 4-H’ers across the United States in early October to "Make the 4-H Connection" in their communities.

Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Terril Faul, head of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H and Youth Development Program, said it provides a great opportunity for young people to demonstrate the skills they learn by being members of the 4-H program.

"Louisiana 4-H’ers are some of the best young people in the state," Faul said. "National 4-H Week is a time set aside for them, as well as for them to do as this year’s motto declares and ‘Make the 4-H Connection’ with others around them."

Activities are planned all over the state for National 4-H Week. These activities give 4-H’ers an opportunity to "learn by doing" – a slogan that’s an important part of 4-H, according to Faul.

"4-H members don't just read about things; they do them," Faul said. "They make things. They take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities."

4-H is the educational and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant university system, which is operated in Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter. Its major mission is to help 4-H members to develop skills and knowledge that will benefit them, their families and their communities throughout their lives.

One activity planned for 4-H’ers during National 4-H week will teach them more about local government.

"We will give 4-H’ers an opportunity to visit with their local officials and learn about what these men and women do in their respective offices," said Louise McDonald, a 4-H agent in Caddo Parish, of the activities planned for youngsters there. "4-H’ers will be visiting their state representatives and senators, as well as the chancellors of Southern University and Louisiana State University in Shreveport. They also will visit their local school board members and parish commissioners."

Louisiana 4-H’ers also plan to hold various campaigns around the state to publicize their youth club during National 4-H Week. Plans include wearing green throughout the week, putting up 4-H displays at schools and other public buildings, holding poster contests and having "Teacher Appreciation Day." Pointe Coupee 4-H’ers will go so far as to "paint the town green" by holding a window-painting contest where 4-H’ers paint 4-H designs on store windows throughout the parish.

National 4-H Week is just one of many fun activities Louisiana 4-H’ers participate in throughout the year, Faul said. Other educational activities throughout the year teach young people about being productive citizens.

"Substantial recreational activities are planned and conducted, including exchanges with other parishes and states, educational trips and other social activities," Faul said, adding that "4-H is viewed as one of the most popular activities in schools across the state. Youth report that 4-H is challenging, interesting, demanding and, most of all, fun."

To find out more about 4-H, go to www.lsuagcenter.com and click on the green clover in the left column, or visit your local LSU AgCenter office.

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Contacts:
Terril Faul at (225) 578-2196 or tfaul@agcenter.lsu.edu
Louise McDonald at (318) 226-6805 or lmcdonald@agcenter.lsu.edu
Writer:
A. Denise Coolman at (318) 547-0921 or dcoolman@agcenter.lsu.edu

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