School leaders, 4-H agents celebrate successes

Karen Martin  |  3/12/2008 1:46:03 AM

News Release Distributed 03/05/08

The Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents touted accomplishments and expressed appreciation to those in attendance at the annual Louisiana School Boards Association Board of Directors and Superintendents’ Breakfast during LSBA’s 71st convention Feb. 29.

Dwight Landreneau, associate vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter, said Louisiana’s 4-H program, which is administered by the AgCenter and operates in many of the state’s schools, is envied by many other states in how well it works with the state’s school systems.

“We wouldn’t have success without your help,” he told the school officials.

Likewise, school leaders said they appreciate the 4-H youth development program.

Nolton J. Senegal, executive director of LSBA, said the 659 members were extremely proud of “the wonderful work” done by the LSU AgCenter.

Edward Price, president of LSBA and a 4-H Advisory Leadership Council member in Ascension Parish, congratulated 4-H on its 100th birthday. “4-H is more than livestock. We are certainly happy to have you,” he said.

Attendees got a sneak peek at a short version of a documentary commemorating the 100th anniversary of Louisiana's 4-H program. The TV documentary, which will air March 12 on Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations, uses rare photographs and striking footage to celebrate 4-H’s 100-year journey in Louisiana.

Held in Shreveport, the breakfast featured local 4-H’ers who addressed the group. ReAzalia Allen, state secretary/treasurer and national 4-H Conference delegate, said 4-H became her safe haven, “my second home.” She said she made many friends from all walks of life.

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Contacts:
Karen Martin at (318) 927-2578, or kmartin@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer:
Mary Ann Van Osdell at (318) 741-7430, ext. 1104, or mvanosdell@agcenter.lsu.edu

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