Tanya Giroir, Morgan, Johnny W. | 12/5/2007 2:23:57 AM
News Release Distributed 11/21/07
Good Provider winners from across the state were honored on Nov. 20 at LSU’s Lod Cook Conference Center.
The Good Provider program, now more than 60 years old, began as a way for children to take part in the war effort of World War II.
Young people planted what were called "Victory Gardens" to provide food for their families and others during the war.
From these humble beginnings, the 4-H Good Provider program began.
The Good Provider program is all about service, according to Tanya Walker of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development Department.
“Some of the 4-H winners here today have more than 1,000 service hours logged for their projects,” she said. “Two of the lessons learned in this program are the value of time management and that it only takes an army of one to make a difference in their community.”
The Good Provider winners spent three days in South Louisiana as part of their reward for doing outstanding work.
This year’s trip included a day in New Orleans, where they toured the Superdome and had lunch at Café Reconcile. Part of Reconcile New Orleans, the café provided at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life skills in a safe and supportive place.
In Baton Rouge, the group toured the LSU Rural Life Museum, attended the LSU Tigerama and had their picture taken in Tiger Stadium. The trip ended with the awards banquet where the winners were officially introduced.
Before Hurricane Katrina, the Good Provider winners would spend the three days of this educational trip touring the city, closing with an awards banquet held at the Superdome, Walker said.
Walker said hard work and long hours are the ingredients for winning the Good Provider educational trip and award.
The 14 winners for 2007 were judged on projects they worked on throughout the year.
Others receiving awards were five winners in the 4-H State Record Book Contest and three adult volunteer 4-H leaders.
The 2007 Good Provider winners are: Renee Picou and Corissa Blount of Livingston Parish; Gabrielle Dixon, Washington Parish; Jacqueline McCarthy and Ethan Boudreaux, Iberia Parish; Shelbi Graft, West Baton Rouge Parish; Caleb Vines and Ellen Bairnsfather, Concordia Parish; Kaden Cable, Union Parish; Leah Broussard, Vermilion Parish; Kristen Morrison, Vernon Parish; Hannah Miller, Acadia Parish; Mary Atkins, Jackson Parish; Maggie Brakeville, Bossier Parish; and Daniel McFarland, Caddo Parish.
State Record Book contest winners are: Gabrielle Guidry, animal science, St. Martin Parish; Hilary Soileau, communications, Vermilion Parish; Austin Granger, community study and service, Vernon Parish; Emily Allen, family life, Pointe Coupee Parish; and Philip Huber, rabbits, Caddo Parish.
Adults recognized for their service as 4-H volunteer leaders were: Sheri Patout of Iberia Parish, Delynn Vines of Concordia Parish, Darlene Morrison of Vernon Parish and Bronwynn Cobb of Livingston Parish.
The contest and trip to Baton Rouge and New Orleans were sponsored by the Dixie Electric Membership Corp., New Orleans Superdome, Entergy New Orleans, Cafe Reconcile, New Orleans AgriBusiness Council, LSU AgCenter, LSU Lod Cook Hotel and Conference Center, LSU Rural Life Museum, LSU AgCenter Burden Research Center, LSU School of Music and the LSU Golden Band from Tiger Land, LSU Athletic Department, the Louisiana 4-H Foundation, the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H State Office and the Louisiana 4-H extension agents.
Additional information about the state 4-H program is available from any LSU AgCenter parish office or on the Internet at www.lsuagcenter.com.