St. Helena Parish 4-H: Whats It All About?

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The St. Helena 4-H program is an informal educational experience for youth. Boys and girls between the ages of nine and nineteen are given opportunities to make new friends, learn new things and possibly go to new places. Youth can develop life skills such as self-esteem, decision making and citizen responsibility to make them positive and contributing members in their communities. The Cloverbud program reaches younger members from ages four to nine.

LSU AgCenter 4-H agent,  Angela Myles, combines skills with other leaders in the community to assist the youth to learn by doing. Students participate in such activities as livestock and horse shows, wetlands conservation, cookery contests,  Jr. Master Gardener Program, various camps and Junior Leadership Conference.

Whether in public, private or home school settings, students can enroll in 4-H each September and attend monthly club meetings in their school. Dues are $3 per member annually. For more information about joining the largest youth club in the United States, contact Angela Myles, 4-H agent..

Programs offered through St. Helena 4-H include:

Cloverbuds – 4-H activities especially designed for young children in pre-K through third grade who want to attend special activities with their older 4-H brother or sister.

Character Critters! – Boys and girls learn about the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, caring, responsibility, fairness and citizenship. Follow this link to learn more: Character Education.

Livestock Shows – 4-H’ers learn how to raise and show livestock. Information on livestock projects can be found at the Livestock Show Office.

Gardening Project – Youth learn to grow and learn to give in a service-oriented project. The 5th-grade Junior Master Gardener Club has begun a vegetable garden to benefit the community.

4-H Day at the Capitol – Students visit the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, La. 4-H Day at the Capitol is usually held the first Wednesday in June.

4-H University – Teen 4-H’ers can compete in a variety of contests or attend the non-competitive Clover College. This event is always held the third full week in June. Find more information here: 4-H U.

Youth Wetlands Week – This week-long program sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources provides all lesson plans and all materials for teaching the lessons at no cost to the educators. The program includes hands-on learning at four different summer camps: 4-H Camp, Marsh Maneuvers, L.O.S.T. Camp and Wild Woods Wanderings. To learn more, follow this link: Youth Wetlands Week.

Ag Awareness – Presented once a year, this event introduces children from pre-K through third grade to agriculture with interactive, hands on exhibits. Children learn how food gets from the farm to the table, how field cotton becomes fabric, farm safety, what kind of animals live on a farm, gardening and much more. The program is free to attend and is held during the first part of May.

4-H Fundraisers – Funding for 4-H programs comes from the sale of citrus and sweet potatoes in November and December. 4-H’ers are provided the opportunity to raise funds to attend camp.

Cookery Contest – 4-H club members have satisfactory learning experiences and acquire knowledge of quality standards, size classifications, nutritional value, storage, cooking principles, versatility, use and economic value of agricultural products.

Science Fair – Encourages students, parents and teachers to take a more active interest in the study of science by providing an opportunity for students to conduct and publicly present an independent scientific inquiry.

Sewing Club – Youth in grades 5-12 learn basic sewing skills.

4-H Achievement Day – An essential and inspirational day filled with competition and friendship as 4-H members of St. Helena Parish are identified and their presented demonstrations are judged.

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