September 2013 Jefferson Parish 4-H Newsletter

Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann  |  8/27/2013 8:25:40 PM

Parish 4-H Members Enjoy Camp

Twenty Jefferson Parish 4-H members joined members from Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, East Feliciana, Morehouse, St. John, Livingston, and Washington parishes for an exciting week of good times and good friends. The week long camp was held at the Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, LA. Campers enjoyed educational tracks which included Outdoor Adventures; Food & Fitness; Dramatic Arts; Louisiana Wetlands; SET … Science, Engineering & Technology; and Hunter Safety, along with many recreational activities. 4-H Camp is held each summer and is open to boys and girls in 4th—6th grades.

4-H Day at the Capitol

Twelve Jefferson Parish 4-H youth and eight adult volunteers visited the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge earlier this summer for “4-H Day at the Capitol”, joining hundreds of 4-H members, 4-H volunteers and parents from throughout the state. While at the State Capitol, members of the Jefferson Delegation visited with Senator Conrad Appel, Representative Robert Billiot, Representative Patrick Connick, and Senator John Alario, Jr. Members of the Jefferson group were also able to visit a committee hearing with Senator David Heitmeier. Extension Agents Ann Gauthier and Chantel Williams accompanied the group.

Teens Attend 4-H University

Twelve Jefferson Parish teens participated in the annual State 4-H University held in late June on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Over 1400 4-H members from across Louisiana spent several days in Baton Rouge participating in state level competition or receiving intensive training in selected subject areas, such as Foods & Nutrition, Music/Dramatic Arts, and Fashion. Jefferson Parish participants included: Matthew Victoriano, Nicholas Victoriano, Hailey Castiglione, Danielle Bean, and Imaige Matherne from Fisher Middle/High School; McKaela Mesa from East Jefferson High School; La’Shai Dowl from Our Lady of Prompt Succor School in Westwego; Yu Lin and Jun Lin from Grace King High School; Kaori Keyser from Riverdale High School; Laura Melancon from De la Salle High School; Hayley Kunzli from Cabrini High School. Hailey Castiglione and Kaori Keyser served as voting delegates from Jefferson Parish. Laura Melancon is serving as Louisiana Shooting Sports Ambassador. Accompanying the group were Ann Gauthier and Chantel Williams, LSU Ag Center Extension Agents. 4-H University is one part of the LSU Ag Center’s 4-H Youth Development Program. It is conducted in June of each year and is open to youth ages 13 years and older.

Leadership Clubs Forming Now

The Jefferson Parish 4-H Program is announcing two community-wide clubs with leadership, community service, and fun in mind! Interested youth in grades 6—12 are encouraged to become members of the Jefferson Parish 4-H Teen Leader Clubs. East bank and West bank clubs meet monthly. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our Teen Leader Clubs, call the 4-H office at 736-6519 for more information or send contact information via email to agauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu to receive meeting notices. Your interested friends are welcome to join us also!

Service Learning

Once again this school year, we will be conducting a parish-wide community service learning project with the theme : “4-H, Green Since 1902” . Throughout the school year, we will have recycling drives, contests, and other educational programs with the “geauxing green” theme. Why go green? Some of the greatest threats to future resources come from things we throw away every day. Throwing away items that could be recycled diminishes energy, water and natural resources that could be saved by recycling. The more we throw away, the more space we take up in landfills. When a landfill becomes a “landfull”, taxpayers have to build a new one. The less we throw away, the longer our landfills will last. The amount of taxpayer money we save by extending the longevity of our landfills is an important community benefit. Our first recycling drive will consist of collect gently used blankets. Please note: This is a change from last year. We are collecting only blankets for donation to area shelters in the upcoming winter months. All donated items should be clean with no holes. We will collect these items throughout the months of September and October. Clubs can promote this as a school-wide project. Mailbox members can drop their donations off at the 4-H office or call 736-6519 to make arrangements for pick up.

Youth Wetlands Program Information

Youth Wetlands Program registration is now open! The YW program develops and distributes wetland education curriculum and teaching materials FREE to any 4th—12th grade teacher. The overall goal is to enhance students’ knowledge of the various types of wetlands found throughout the state and to show them how they can get involved in wetlands conservation. For more information, contact Ann Gauthier at agauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu. Registration deadline is October 11! See attached newsletter for order form.

Parish 4-H T-Shirts

The cost is $10.00. Shirt orders and payment must be turned in to your club leader or mailed to the 4-H Office, 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd., Suite 300, Jefferson, LA 70123. Deadline for ordering shirts is Friday, October 4. Make checks payable to Jefferson Parish 4-H Clubs. This check must be separate from assessment fees or club dues. NOTE: $25.00 charge on all returned checks!

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