November 2013 Terrebonne 4-H News

Cherie Roger, Himel, Reed  |  11/7/2013 10:52:44 PM

4-H A Co-Curricular Club

Co-Curricular is defined to as activities contributing to the academic learning experience; especially activities that provide students with opportunities to learn and develop skills through active participation. Co-curricular activities and programs may be led by faculty or staff, or by students themselves, but they must have stated goals and measured outcomes.

In today's highly competitive world, we have to bear a lot of mental stress and also have to get involved in so many things in order to acquire knowledge. This is where co-curricular activities play a very significant role .Co-curricular activities prepare students practically for the future. The normal curriculum can only go so far as to teach and educate students about academic theories. But students whose only experience of school or college is one of rigid academic study may not be able to apply what they have learned in practice. If the co-curriculum was given an equal footing in student life there will be an improvement in the student ability to grasp things as a whole, because students will have received a more rounded education. Co-curricular activities are particularly good at providing opportunities for students to work in teams, to exercise leadership, and to take the initiative themselves. These experiences make a better rounded student.

Today, Louisiana is one of only a few states where 4-H is a co-curricular activity and is present in every parish. The Louisiana 4-H curriculum is designed to complement in-school instruction and provide learning opportunities in various learning environments and settings. The unique opportunity to bring relevant content in combination with a rich contextual learning experience is the strength of 4-H youth development experience. Young people who are a part of 4-H have the opportunity to explore all types of science, health, and citizenship programming delivered through 4-H clubs and camps, as well as afterschool and in-school. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering, and technology programs.

Louisiana 4-H offers many exciting programs and opportunities for youth to get involved in science, engineering and technology. From veterinary science to shooting sports science, engineering and technology principles are used. In 2010 middle school youth experienced the Louisiana Outdoor Science and Technology camp where they learned about robotics and rocketry, energy, wetlands, GPS, outdoor skills and forensic science. Teens participated in educational tracks and contests at the annual 4-H University in forensic science, outdoor skills, bio-engineering, aquaculture, automotive engineering, computer simulation, entomology, environmental conservation, forestry, horticulture, plant science, photography, fashion, and much more.

Terrebonne Parish Poultry and Egg Cookery

Poultry production continues to be the largest animal agricultural industry in Louisiana and is second only to forestry in total income production for all agricultural commodities. In 2012, 899.3 million pounds of broiler meat were produced in Louisiana. There were 38 commercial breeder flock producers in 2012. These breeder flocks produced 19.8 million dozen eggs with a gross farm value of $39.6 million. Our Poultry and Egg Cookery will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2013 at Bourg Elementary School. Bourg Elementary is located at 4413 St. Andrew Street Bourg, LA. Registration, will be in the cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Judging will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Educational workshops will take place for 4-H members from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Awards will take place at 12 noon. The Cookery project is designed to provide opportunities for youth to: develop decision making, manage resources, become better consumers, express creativity, acquire knowledge, build social skills, and gain sense of accomplishment. For additional information and rules for this contests, refer to the Cajun Chronicles newsletter on the website.

Terrebonne Parish Shooting Sports

The 4-H Shooting Sports program is an educational activity to teach firearm safety to 4-H youth and to help them improve their marksmanship and help them enjoy outdoor activities. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is open to 4-H'ers in the 4th-12th grades.

The program encompasses the initiative goals of volunteer leadership, capacity-building for youth and families, and environmental stewardship with commitments from the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports is an active program that is attractive to both youth and adults. It uses positive learning and interaction with youth and adult role models. The disciplines are modeled after the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program and are administered by nationally certified state leaders consisting of extension personnel and volunteers.

The mission of the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes so that they may become self-directing, productive, and contributing members of society.

Terrebonne Parish offers two disciplines: archery and shot gun.

4-H members interested in joining 4-H Shooting Sports should contact the 4-H office by November 10

Terrebonne Junior Leaders.

Join us! Open to 7th-12 grade 4-H members. We meet once a month at the Houma Municipal Auditorium. Junior Leader participate in many community service projects, fun educational trips as well as helping out at parish events. Join us for our next meeting on October 22, 2013 at the Houma municipal Auditorium 6:00-7:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend and would still like to join, contact Mrs. Cherie at the 4-H office at 985-873-6495.

Bayou Area Rabbit Show

The Bayou Area Rabbit Show will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Raceland Fair Building. If you are interested in participating in the show, please contact Mr. Reed or Mrs. Cherie for more information.

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