LSU AgCenter 4-H leaders address school superintendents

Bruce Schultz, Tassin, Mark G., Hebert, Charles L., Landreneau, Dwight  |  3/19/2009 12:48:08 AM

News Release Distributed 03/18/09

LAKE CHARLES, La. – LSU AgCenter 4-H leaders thanked state school superintendents for supporting 4-H Clubs. The appreciation breakfast was part of the recent Louisiana School Board Association convention here. The get-together was organized and sponsored by the Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

“We are trying to develop the total child,” said Mark Tassin, director of 4-H Youth Development for the LSU AgCenter. “You can do that within the school system, but I bet you need our help.”

Tassin said help is needed to remove roadblocks for 4-H in some schools where the club has not been established. He said the LSU AgCenter has received awards by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Smart Bodies health and nutrition program and Youth Wetlands Week.

Dwight Landreneau, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor for extension, said almost every parish in the state has provided a 10-percent match to help pay for 4-H programs.

“You just don’t know how much we appreciate your support, both financial support and physical,” Landreneau said.

The LSU AgCenter 4-H program has initiated a school gardens program that would benefit instruction of science, math and agriculture, he said.

Charles Hebert, LSU AgCenter 4-H agent in Lafayette and president of the Louisiana Association of Extension 4-H Agents, said youth development is a long-term process.

“Having the opportunity to witness their transformation is the best part of our jobs,” he said.

Student Claire Galley of Calcasieu Parish, state 4-H president, spoke to the superintendents about the benefits and rewards of 4-H. She said leadership requires “an irrational sense of hope.”

“Thank you for taking a chance on us,” she said.

Bruce Schultz

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