Terril D. Faul, Blanchard, Tobie M. | 10/9/2006 8:02:30 PM
With 10 4-H’ers standing beside her at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco signed a proclamation on Wednesday, Oct. 4, honoring National 4-H Week, which is being celebrated all over the country the week of Oct. 1-7.
Clayton Franklin, a fourth grader from Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary, presented Blanco with a red rose.
"Did you grow this?" Blanco asked Franklin, as she pointed out 4-H’s connection with the agriculture community.
Included in the proclamation are facts about 4-H, including that it was established in Louisiana in 1908 and will turn 100 in two years. During the 2005-06 year, more than 172,000 youth participated in 4-H clubs and school enrichment programs. Louisiana claims 53,563 members and 6,492 adult volunteers, said Terril Faul, director of 4-H for the LSU AgCenter.
Blanco touted 4-H’s premier character education program, its ability to break down barriers and the many skills it helps build in the state’s youth.
The youngsters all introduced themselves to the governor.
"I believe for someone from a small parish 4-H is a great opportunity," said Lance Brewer, a 4-H’er from LaSalle Parish.
The 4-H’ers selected to attend included from East Baton Rouge Parish – Rachel Packer, Adaku Lucious, Emanuel Milton, Garret Wood, Braxton Hicks, April Ziffer, Lindsey Tassin and Clay Franklin; from LaSalle Parish – Lance Brewer; and from St. James Parish – Allison Zeringue.