November/December 2021 - 4-H Youth Development Newsletter

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Calendar of Events


25-26: LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office Closed

29-30: 4-H Week of Service


1-3: 4-H Week of Service

4: 4-H Regional Challenge Day

24-Jan. 3: LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office Closed

4-H Builds and Together We Will Rebuild Stronger!

The theme for Louisiana 4-H this year is “4-H builds…” 4-H builds character, leadership, independence, motivation, generosity, knowledge, communication, and the list continues. As our St. Charles Parish 4-H family and community recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida, our 4-H community comes together to build and rebuild our parish of plenty! We understand the challenges our families are facing at this time. Know that we are here to continue to provide 4-H youth development programming to help in building our youth and rebuilding our community together. As we grow together, please feel free to contact me at 985-785-4473 or for questions or to request additional information regarding any of our upcoming programming. I look forward to working with you and growing with you this year!

Thank You!

We would like to thank our continued partners of the St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program: The United Way of St. Charles, St. Charles Parish Government, and St. Charles Parish Public Schools. Thank you for your continued support of the LSU AgCenter and the St. Charles Parish 4-H Youth Development Program. We also want to thank our 4-H members, volunteers, and families for your continued patience and understanding during these past two years. As we continue to rebuild our community, we look forward to offering more in-person programming given the safety guidelines recommended by CDC, LSU, LSU AgCenter, and St. Charles Parish. As with any 4-H activity, we do not want funding to deter youth from participating in any mentioned activity. If you would like to discuss your financial situation with the 4-H Agent or need to request an ADA accommodation, please contact Kali Zammit at 985-785-4473. Please visit our websites for updates. We are here to serve our St. Charles Parish community!

Visit us at: Instagram @scp4h

Stay Updated with St. Charles Parish 4-H News

This year St. Charles Parish 4-H is providing several venues for 4-H members and families to stay updated with 4-H News.

St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website: Visit this page and click on the 4-H tab for articles and updates including 4-H newsletters, contests, and upcoming opportunities.

St. Charles 4-H Facebook Page: Like or Follow this page for daily posts, updates, and resources.

St. Charles 4-H Instagram: @scp4h. Follow us on Instagram for highlights and announcements.

Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams: Many school clubs will use Google Classroom to communicate with their 4-H’ers. Our parish 4-H Community Clubs and members-at-large club will use Microsoft Teams to communicate with 4-H‘ers. See your 4-H Club Leader for information on how to gain access to these communication tools.

We Moved!

Our LSU AgCenter Office recently moved to Norco! As we transition to the new office, please know that we are available to continue serving our St. Charles Parish Community. We are now located at the old Sacred Heart School in Norco. Our new office information:

Physical Address: 453 Spruce Street, Norco, La.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 557 Norco, LA 70079

Phone: 985-785-4473

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

4-H Portfolios

Throughout this year 4th – 12th grade 4-H members are encouraged to complete a 4-H Portfolio, which focuses on record-keeping skills and is helpful when completing award, scholarship, and future job applications. Prizes or opportunities will be awarded to top members who complete the 4-H Portfolio. In addition to completing your 4-H Story and the other sections of the 4-H Portfolio, read the newsletter for opportunities to list in your 4-H Portfolio this year. Download a Digital Version of the 4-H Portfolio to begin working.

4-H Leadership Opportunities

St. Charles Parish 4-H is offering the following leadership opportunities this month. List your participation in these activities in the 4-H Leadership (Section 2) of your 4-H Portfolio.

4-H Jr. Leader Club

Live 4-H Update Podcast

4-H Citizenship/Community Service Projects

Use your hands to larger service by participating in 4-H Service Projects. List your participation in the 4-H Citizenship/Community Service (Section 3) of your 4-H Portfolio.

4-H Week of Service Positivity Campaign

4-H Week of Service Community Cleanup

4-H Week of Service Toy & Food Drive

4-H Week of Service T-shirt Tote Project

4-H Week of Service Thank You Friday

Read the newsletter for more details on each of these projects. If you need verification of service hours for another organization, contact the 4-H Agent.

4-H Awards and Recognition

There are several award opportunities this month for 4-H members. List your participation in the 4-H Awards and Recognition (Section 3) of your 4-H Portfolio.

4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket

State 4-H Fashion Camp

4-H Photography Contest

4-H All-Around Style Contest

4-H Virtual Talent Show Contest

4-H Virtual Pet Show Contest

4-H Update Podcast

Join the 4-H Agent and other 4-H’ers and volunteers throughout St. Charles Parish by viewing our 4-H Update Podcasts. The 4-H Update Podcast will feature music requested by your 4-H peers, the 4-H Agent reviewing the upcoming 4-H events, an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section, and/or interviews with 4-H members, leaders, or volunteers. Podcast videos will be posted on your school 4-H club Google Classroom or your 4-H Community Club Microsoft Team. To request music or ask questions to be featured in the Podcast, complete the 4-H Update Podcast Form.

Join a 4-H Community Club

As we continue to rebuild St. Charles Parish, we are in the process of planning for events for our 4-H Community Clubs. There are 5 St. Charles Parish 4-H Community Clubs that you can join. Each community club focuses on a specific project-related area. At this time, we are asking for interested students to contact the 4-H Office if you are interested in joining any of the 4-H community clubs listed. Yes, you may be in more than one community club in addition to your 4-H club at school.

• 4-H Cloverbud Community Club - for all K-3rd grade students

• 4-H CHEF (Cooking, Healthy Eating, & Fitness) Club - for all 4th-6th grade students

• 4-H Shooting Sports Club – for students 10 years old through 12th grade

• 4-H Jr. Leader Club – for all 7th – 12th grade students

• 4-H Fashion Club - for all 4th-12th grade students

For more information or to join any of the project clubs listed below, please contact the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office at 985-785-4473 or

4-H Photography Contest

During the upcoming months, 4-H members are encouraged to explore the world of photography by participating in monthly 4-H Photography Contests. To participate in the photography contest, complete the form by clicking on the link below. All forms must be completed by February 28, 2022. Photos may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted. Official rules are listed in the online form.

4-H Photography Contest Categories:

Landscape - Horizontal photo that captures nature or man-made feature

People - Photo of person or group of people that captures their essence

Animals - Photo of animal or group of animals that captures natural habitat

Still Life - Photo of inanimate object or group of objects

To submit your photo, complete the 4-H Photography Contest Form for each category.

4-H All-Around Style Contest

Learning how to use your resources is a great skill to learn through 4-H. For this contest, we do not want you to buy anything! We want for you to use 1 piece of clothing in your closet to be the feature article of clothing that you style for three different occasions: (1) casual, (2) dressy, and (3) job interview. Official rules are listed in the online form. No late submissions will be accepted. Complete 4-H All-Around Style Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

4-H Virtual Talent Show Contest

Do you have a talent that you would like to share with our 4-H family? Here is your opportunity to participate in a Virtual Talent Show by submitting a video (60-90 seconds) of you performing your talent. Complete the 4-H Talent Show Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

4-H Virtual Pet Show Contest

Do you have a pet that you take care of at home? We would like to hear all about it! Consider participating in our 4-H Pet Show Contest by submitting a video of you and your pet while answering questions. Complete the 4-H Pet Show Contest Form by January 31, 2022. Contest submissions may be submitted early. No late submissions will be accepted.

Monthly Mental Health Quote

Each month we will highlight a quote recommended by the Louisiana 4-H Citizenship Board to address our mental health. Set aside some time to take deep breaths and think about this: “Our greatest glory is not in ever falling but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

How do I join the St. Charles Parish 4-H Program?

All students K-12th grade have an opportunity to join a 4-H Club. You may join your school club and/or a community club. Yes, you can be a member of more than one 4-H club. These are a few tips on how to join a 4-H club.

Complete and submit a 4-H Enrollment Form. See 4-H Club Leader for Form.

Pay 4-H Club Dues. See 4-H Club Leader for club dues amount and payment methods.

Submit Any Other Forms. See 4-H Club Leader for any additional forms needed to join.

What happens after I join 4-H?

Attend Monthly Meetings. Participate in meetings (face-to-face or virtually)

Read 4-H Newsletters. Bring the newsletters home or show your parents online for more opportunities, contests, and more! Participate in 4-H Activities.

Participate in 4-H activities within your club, community, country, and world.

Communicate with 4-H Leader. Stay updated with meeting dates and 4-H activities and opportunities.

St. Charles Parish 4-H Week of Service

November 29, 2021 through December 3, 2021

A Citizenship 4-H Youth Development Program of the LSU AgCenter

4-H Week of Service Forms

This week we are encouraging all of our 4-H members to participate in at least 1 service project. You may participate in as many of the projects that you would like. The purpose of this event is to use our hands to larger service to help our community grow together. Each activity has a form that you may complete for a chance to win a door prize. If you participate in at least 1 project and complete at least 1 form, you will be entered to win a door prize. The quick link forms are as follows:

Positivity Campaign Form

Community Cleanup Form

Toy and Food Drive Form

Thank You Friday Form

*Check your school club Google Classroom or community club Microsoft Team for a link to the T-shirt Tote Project workshop. If you have any questions, please contact the 4-H Agent, Kali Zammit, at

Positivity Campaign

Monday, November 29, 2021

Help to spread some positivity within our St. Charles Parish community. Throughout this week, we would like to share your messages of encouragement and happiness using our social media platforms. We are looking for your favorite quotes, positive words, pictures and/or videos of something positive, and/or some recommended songs that make you happy. Complete the 4-H Week of Service: Positivity Campaign Form by Monday, November 29, 2021.

Community Cleanup

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 (Live Virtual Meeting at 5:00 p.m.)

As our community is still recovering from Hurricane Ida, many people in our community and within our own families may need help with clean up. Take time to help out your family, neighbors, or community members by offering to clean up around or in their homes. I encourage you to get your family involved. Ask parental permission prior to cleaning up. Be careful around debris and unsafe conditions. Take a picture of you (and your family) cleaning up the community and complete the 4-H Week of Service: Community Cleanup Form by Tuesday, November 30, 2021 for a chance to win a door prize.

Toy & Food Drive

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (Supply Drop Off from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

4-H Clubs and club members are encouraged to collect new toys and non-perishable items during this week. School 4-H Clubs may distribute new toys and food to needy families within the school. If 4-H Club Leaders need assistance with organizing and operating this drive, please contact the 4-H Agent. Individual 4-H members may also donate new toys and non-perishable items at the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter (4-H) Office on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. I know many of you may be donating items to your own church or a food pantry near you. Regardless of where and how you donate toys and/or food, please complete the 4-H Week of Service: Toy and Food Drive Form by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 for a chance to win a door prize.

T-shirt Tote Project

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Join your 4-H agent and friends for a live virtual workshop, where we will make a tote bag out of an old t-shirt! You will need the following supplies: an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. The live virtual workshop will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021. The link to the live virtual workshop will be posted on your 4-H club’s Google Classroom or Microsoft Team. Members who attend the live meeting will be eligible for a door prize giveaway.

Thank You Friday

Friday, December 3, 2021

Today we want you to take time to say “Thank You” to someone or some organization that has made a difference in your life. From our teachers, 4-H leaders, medical professionals, and partner agencies to our families, sheriff’s department, and community leaders, we have a community full of people who help us to make our best better every day. Take time to complete this 4-H Week of Service: Thank You Friday Form to say “Thank You” by 12:00 noon on Friday, December 3, 2021. You can choose who you want to thank and post a picture or video if you would like. All Thank You messages will be uploaded to our St. Charles Parish 4-H Facebook Page.

Things to do for 4-H in November/December

Each month 4-H’ers will be provided with a list of upcoming opportunities on a parish, regional, state, and/or national level. Contact the 4-H Agent or visit the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Website under “4-H Youth Development” for all rules, applications, and more information.

State 4-H Fashion Camp – Overnight adventure for 10-13 year old members - $80.00 fee

This trip is held on January 21-23, 2022 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, La. Selected campers will learn basic sewing skills and enjoy sewing various projects. Refunds available if trip is cancelled. Application deadline: November 19, 2021

4-H Senior Honor Cord and Senior Jacket Awards – Awards for current 12th grade members

Current graduating senior 4-H members may apply to receive a 4-H honor cord to wear for graduation and a 4-H senior jacket to wear to show off their 4-H accomplishments. Jackets will be awarded in the winter. 4-H Honor Cords will be awarded in spring. There are two separate applications for these awards. Application deadline: November 30, 2021

Livestock and Horse Shows

If you have livestock animals or horses and are interested in participating in this year’s LSU AgCenter Livestock and/or Horse Shows, please contact 4-H Agent Kali Zammit to receive information, rules, and regulations for participation.

2021 4-H Achievement Day Results

Outstanding Club:

1st: Lakewood 2nd: Ethel Schoeffner 3rd: R. K. Smith

Outstanding Project Club Member:

CHEF: Brian Childs

Shooting Sports: Hannah Rodrigue, Ryli Thibodeaux

Outstanding 4-H Members:

John Badgerow II, Ethan Bellanger, MacKenzie Bellanger, Brian Childs, Melia Clement, Ciaralyn Coleman, Madeleine Cottrell, Kayla Dupre, Claire Green, Alexander Fonseca, Raven Hermann, Elizabeth Hughes, Leah Lacoste, Layla Lavigne, Jordyn Lewis, Ryli Mato, Ryder Maxie, Emma Perret, Luke Perret, Brenon Petit, Rhyan Rodriguez, Ryder St. Amant, Emilee Touchet, Chandler Triche, Annalise Ward

Outstanding Jr. Leaders:

*Alexis Ellis, Indira Escobar, Jaselyn Guidry, Ryli Mato, Braeden Orgeron, David Tullier (*Top Jr. Leader Award)

4-H Senior Award:

**Gage Fleming, **Jaselyn Guidry, **Bayleigh Sevin (**4-H Honor Cord)

4-H Scholarships:

Gage Fleming (A. J. Melancon Memorial Scholarship), Jaselyn Guidry (St. Charles 4-H Foundation, and Scott Foundation Scholarships), Bayleigh Sevin (LA 4-H Foundation Scholarship)

4-H State Board:

Jaselyn Guidry (SET Board), Alexis Ellis (SET Board, National 4-H Conference Delegate)

4-H Record Book Awards:

***Ethan Bellanger, ***MacKenzie Bellanger, Benjamin Brock, Kayla Dupre, Lucy Healy, Elizabeth Hughes, ***Leah Lacoste, Jordyn Lewis, Emma Lozano, Allison Marshall, Michael Marshall, ***Ryli Mato, Allison Neighbors, Nathaly Perez, Emma Perret, Luke Perret, Brenon Petit, ***Rhyan Rodriguez, Joseph Senia, Ryder St. Amant, Dariia Tereschenko (***Outstanding Record Book Award)

2021 4-H University Results

Louisiana 4-H SET Board Member: Alexis Ellis

Blue Ribbon Winner: Career Preparation Contest: Alexis Ellis

Healthy Living Lesson: Drink Low-Fat & Water

This year we will be doing some activities from the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness curriculum. This month we will focus on drinking low-fat milk and water instead of sweetened drinks. At your club meeting or at home, try the activity below to learn more.

Healthy Living Activity

1. Are you drinking more green, yellow, or red light drinks? How can you add more green light drinks into your day? Green (Go) Light – low-fat milk and water Yellow (Slow) Light – 2% milk or 100% juice (with natural sugars and calories) Red (Stop) Light – drinks with added sugars (soda, lemonade, tea, Gatorade)

Reflect on “Stop” Drinks

Look at the nutrition label on “Stop” drinks. How many teaspoons of added sugar are in “Stop” drinks? Use this formula to calculate how many teaspoons of sugar per drink:

Grams of Added Sugar ÷ 4 = Teaspoons of Added Sugar

Measure out the teaspoons of a “Stop” drink and compare to the added sugar in low-fat milk or water. What do you notice?

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