September 2014 Terrebonne Parish 4-H News

Cherie Roger, Himel, Reed  |  9/10/2014 6:51:31 PM

Make Your Mark on the World

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live. That takes uncommon commitment. 4-H members make a lasting impact in their communities every day. Whether you’re a 4-H educator, volunteer or member, we want you to “Make you mark on the world”. Begin by promoting 4-H at your school and throughout Terrebonne Parish.

During the week of October 5-11, 4-H members across Louisiana will celebrate National 4-H Week with lessons and activities focused on science and living. Local 4-H Clubs are starting enrollment of new members and getting them registered for different projects. Each club meeting begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H Pledge:

“I PLEDGE my HEAD to clearer thinking; my HEART to greater loyalty; my HANDS to larger service and my HEALTH to better living; for my family, my club, my community, my country and my world. The 4 – H’s stands for Head, Heart, Hands & Health.”

Roughly Terrebonne Parish has 1,265 youth enrolled in 36 4-H Clubs throughout the parish. Currently, the most popular 4-H projects in Terrebonne Parish include service learning, shooting sports, food and nutrition, livestock, fashion, character education, gardening, and cloverbuds.

4-H is a “learn-by-doing” youth development program delivered through the Louisiana State University Cooperative Extension Office and has something for everyone. Youth can participate in short-term activities or longer-term clubs, where groups meet regularly to work on projects, perform community service and develop leadership skills. 4-H offers project activities in science, engineering, technology, citizenship, leadership, healthy living and animal science.

No matter which project they choose, through 4-H, youth will learn public speaking skills, how to collaborate, understand government and community, and how to develop and reach life/career goals.

Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them achieve better grades, higher level of academic competence, and an elevated level of engagement at school. 4-H is a unique, learn-by-doing model teaching youth essentials, transferrable skills that they’ll use throughout their lives, such as problem solving, decision making, coping, communicating and responding to the needs of others.

Make sure to sign up to “Make your Mark on the World” at your local school or contact the 4-H office at 985-873-6495.

 4-H CANtributions

On Halloween night, you will have some special trick -or-treaters visit your home. Dressed in green, wearing a 4-H shirts or carrying green flashlights. 4H members from across Terrebonne Parish will be collecting can goods for our Terrebonne Parish food bank, which feeds 500 families in our area.

So, please, when you go out to purchase the Halloween candy you so generously hand out, remember to grab a few cans of soup, dry beans and rice, and any other non-perishable item you would like to hand to our “Green 4-H Team”.

Thank you for caring about the people in our community.

4-H Seafood and Rice Cookery

Start the 4-H year …4-H Cajun style by participating in the Seafood and Rice Cookery, Saturday, October 4, 2013 at Evergreen Junior High School (5000 West Main Street Houma, LA). Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. Judging and Educational workshops will begin at 10:00 a.m. The day will end with awards at 12:00 noon. All 4-H members are encouraged to participate. To properly enter your dishes refer to your September 4-H Cajun Chronicles received at your 4-H club meeting. Please contact the 4-H office at 985-873-6495 with any questions.

Operation Christmas Child

Terrebonne 4-H will kick off its community service theme “Make your mark on the WORLD” by participating in the Operation Christmas Child, Christmas Shoe Box drive. The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.

Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 100 countries.

Individuals, families and groups fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

After the boxes are prepared for overseas shipment at eight major processing centers across the United States: Atlanta; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte; Dallas; Denver; Honolulu; Minneapolis; and Orange County, Calif. Samaritan’s Purse and its partners will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents. To properly pack a shoebox refer to your September 4-H Cajun Chronicles. Please contact the 4-H office at 985-873-6495 with any questions.

Livestock Exhibitors

Please contact Mr. Reed or Mrs. Cherie at 985-873-6495 if you are interested in showing livestock in 4-H during this school year. It is important that we have your name, address and email address so you can receive information on upcoming events. 4-H members should be enrolled in a 4-H livestock project by September 26, 2014.

Upcoming dates:

September -- Open Enrollment
September 26 -- Deadline for Achievement Day Theme and Pumpkin Decorating
September 30 -- Junior Leader Meeting

October 4 -- Seafood and Rice Cookery
October 8 -- 4-H Night at Pinocchio's and National Youth Science Day
October 5-11-- National 4-H Week
October 8-19 -- Tractor Supply Paper clover Event
October 18 -- 4-H Day with Tigers
October 20-- Complete registration form for Shooting Sports
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