Karen Campbell | 2/25/2012 12:55:45 AM
4-H Youth Development
Sabine Parish 4-H offers a wide variety of programming areas to youth in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Educational programming taught at 4- H club meetings throughout the 2011-12 school year focuses on helping youth learn appropriate, responsible behavior while using technology, through an Agent developed curriculum called SAFE (Sensible Advice for Everyone). The curriculum focuses on cyber bullying, decision-making, social skills, responsibility, safeguarding identities, protecting self-image, leadership, and citizenship.
Clover Buds is the early childhood educational program offered to Kindergarteners through third grade students. The Clover Buds program is using a curriculum called EXPLORE to help young children learn about nature and wildlife. Other 4-H project clubs include the newly established Fishing Sports Program, Shooting Sports, and Junior Leaders. Approximately forty teens are enrolled in the Junior Leader Club, where students learn the importance of community giving, leadership, teamwork, and communication, while developing lifelong skills. The teen club is conducting service-learning project during this year to help the Sabine Parish Humane Society.
Teachers enrolled approximately 100 students in the Youth Wetlands Program, which will be conducted in the spring.
Camping opportunities remain abundant for youth ages 9-19 and provide experiences to suit a vast array of personal interests, including fashion, leadership, food and fitness, and science, engineering, and technology.
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Sabine Parish has many retired people that move into the Parish because of the countless recreational events around Toledo Bend Lake. Many of these citizens take pride in their lawns and gardens. The Sabine Parish Master Gardeners have planned several educational programs, such as the Down & Dirty Seminars at Cypress Bend, Master Gardener’s seminars at the local feed and seed stores and Educational Demonstrations at the Zwolle Tamale Educational Festival. Over 43 active Master Gardeners have taught lessons where well over 450 citizens of Sabine Parish have gained knowledge on landscape design, improved landscape plants and planting a garden by attending these educational events.
875 - Youth (includes 584 4-H members, Youth Wetlands Week, and Project Clubs)
1,250 - Adults—Ag & Natural Resources
4-H clubs, Class series, School Enrichment, Demonstrations, Field days, Workshops, Newsletters, Web sites, Publications, Social media, Youth Programs, and Project Clubs.
150 Volunteers - 4-H, Master Gardeners, 4-H Foundation Board, 4-H and Overall Advisory Leadership Councils
LSU AgCenter County Agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife, and animal enterprises to Sabine Parish clientele. The 2010 total dollar amount from these commodities were:
Data from the Louisiana Ag Summary Web site: LSUAgCenter.com/agsummary.
Population - 24,233
Land area (square miles) - 866.66
Persons under 18 years old - 24.4%
Persons 65 years old and over - 17.2%
Median household income - $34,683
Persons below poverty - 19%
1. Increase productivity and profitability of Louisiana Agriculture.
2. Build leaders and good citizens through 4-H youth development.