National 4-H Week Ahead of Us

Amanda Simmons  |  10/2/2015 1:34:01 AM

More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Lincoln Parish 4-H leverages National 4-H Week  to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Some of the life skills learned through 4-H are decision making, problem solving, goal setting, social skills, accepting differences, self-esteem, character, personal safety, and many, many more. October 4th - 10th is National 4-H Week. Each year, during National 4-H Week, local and parish 4-H clubs have the opportunity to showcase what they have gained from their 4-H membership through activities and events at the local and parish level. We encourage our 4-H members and volunteers to recognize National 4-H Week at their schools and in their communities. You may come up with some great ideas of your own or you may use some of the ones listed here:

  • Ask local churches to acknowledge 4-H Sunday (October 4) and 4-H members who are present.

  • Get 4-H balloons. Distribute them everywhere!

  • Distribute a list of celebrity 4-H alumni. Scramble the names or have those fill-in-the-blanks.

  • 4-H'ers write thank you notes.

  • Make clover-shaped cookies to deliver to shut-ins.

  • Advertise a wear-green day. Distribute green and white mints to everyone who wears green that day; or distribute tickets to a fun 4-H event.

  • Send sticks or packs of gum with notes attached Thanks for sticking with 4-H!

  • Have a 4-H pizza party for 4-H'ers caught wearing green during 4-H Week.

  • Create a media event by getting a commitment from every 4-H'er for individual service projects during National 4-H Week. Print their pledges in the newspaper and encourage the members to supply photos of their work. Better yet, send the newspaper photographer to catch the 4-H'ers at work.

Lincoln Parish 4-H is celebrating National 4-H Week by offering many opportunities that youth, as well as the community, can be involved in throughout the week of October 4th – 10th.

·One of our most popular events, the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Pet Show will take place on October 6th at Railroad Park in Ruston beginning at 5:30 p.m.

·The Lincoln Parish 4-H Talent Contest will be held October 13th at The Dixie Center for the Arts beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration deadline is October 2nd.

·Lincoln Parish 4-H Jr. Leaders will be selling 4-H paper clovers to raise money for 4-H at Tractor Supply of Ruston on October 10th.

Please log on to our local website, www.lsuagcenter.com/lincoln, to see information about all of these 4-H opportunities for youth as well as the many other upcoming opportunities that 4-H has to offer.

Last year, in Lincoln Parish, more than 700 4-H members and volunteers were involved in 4-H. During the month of September, Lincoln Parish 4-H agents held enrollment meetings at each school throughout the parish and are excited about the number of youth and volunteers who are expected to be involved in 4-H this year.

The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. 4-H programs are offered through school-based clubs, project clubs and camp settings.

You can join the 4-H community today. To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Lincoln Parish, contact Amanda Simmons, Extension Agent/4-H Youth Development, at LSU AgCenter, Lincoln Parish by calling 318-251-5134 or by e-mail.

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