Christina Zito-Hebert, Simoneaux, Susan
The Iberville Parish 4-H Program is implementing a year-long service learning project to honor military members, veterans and their families. The Iberville Parish 4-H Jr. Leadership Club, a group of 7th-12th grade 4-H’ers, planned and named the Operation Homeward Bound Service Learning Project.
Each year, the President of the United States signs a proclamation declaring the month of November “Military Family Month.” The annual proclamation marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of the Military Family. Throughout the month of November, the nation honors the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation's service members.
This year, Iberville Parish 4-H’ers joined in this effort by participating in various philanthropic activities as part of the Operation Homeward Bound Service Learning Project. 4-H’ers participated in a Patriotic Instagram Contest by submitting Americana-themed photos, and 4-H’ers volunteered at the Iberville Parish Veteran’s Memorial event. The Iberville Parish 4-H Program also conducted a Military Appreciation Workshop to create military appreciation cards to send to troops during the holiday season.
The color purple symbolizes all branches of the military as the combination of Air Force blue, Army green, Coast Guard blue, Marine red and Navy blue. In an effort to honor service members and their families, students at the Iberville Mathematics Science and Arts Academy-West hosted a purple out casual day to honor service members and their families.
Iberville Parish 4-H’ers donated nine new bicycles and various toys to the Louisiana National Guard’s Operation Christmas Angels Service Project. 4-H’ers partnered with the Louisiana National Guard Child & Youth Program to support the Operation Christmas Angels Service Project. This program is designed to assist Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who are experiencing financial hardship during the Christmas season by providing gifts for their children. St. John School raised $406 to donate to the Operation Christmas Angels Service Project, and North Iberville Elementary School raised $141 to donate to the Operation Christmas Angels Service Project. White Castle High School donated various toy blocks and books.
In January 2014, the Iberville Parish 4-H Program is planning to “Coin for Care Packages.” All schools in the parish will be asked to participate in collecting funds and items to make care packages to send to troops. For more information about the Operation Homeward Bound Service Learning Project and to learn about ways to get involved, contact Iberville Parish 4-H Agent Christina Zito.