Kicking off a New 4-H Year
Posted: March 28, 2012
To kick off the new year, clubs are celebrating Pennsylvania 4-H week March 11-17. This year 4-H has some extra special things planned, as we are celebrating 100 years of youth programming in Pennsylvania. To kick off this event, the Somerset County Commissioners signed a proclamation highlighting the attributes of the county 4-H Program; and this past Saturday, 4-H members participated in a “Blast from the Past” 4-H dance. Members were encouraged to dress in the style of their favorite era, with prizes being awarded. In addition, members collected over 200 non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry.
4-H is open to all youth between the ages of 5-19 years. Did you know that Pennsylvania 4-H’ers can learn to launch rockets, sew their own clothes, grow their own food, work with Seeing Eye puppies and other service animals, cook their own meals, repair small engines, learn about computers, travel to other states and other countries, as well as learn about agricultural and environmental sciences, and work with either large or small animals.
For more than a century, the four H’s on the well-known 4-H clover – representing Head, Heart, Hands and Health – have been recognized as a trusted framework for excellence in positive youth development. They are able to actively participate in hands-on experiences and make a lasting impact in their communities.
A national 4-H alumni study found that 4-H; more than any other youth organization, helped youth develop public speaking and presentation skills. 4-H alumni also were identified as more actively involved in their communities as adults. Children grow and develop rapidly. As parents, you want to make the most of these years and ensure that your children are involved in activities that will help them learn life skills. The 4-H experience can provide knowledge and “make life better” throughout your child’s life.
For more information on clubs activities and how to become involved, visit our website at http://somerset.extension.psu.edu or contact Joanne Stoltzfus at 814-445-8911, extension 7. 4-H volunteer leaders are also needed.