The Greene County judge and the mayors of the county’s two largest cities proclaimed the week of Oct 4-10 to be National 4-H Week.
Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon, Paragould Mayor Mike Gaskill and Marmaduke Mayor Steve Dixon signed the proclamation in the Paragould City Hall, accompanied by members of local 4-H Clubs. The proclamation honored the 100 years of the 4-H Youth Development Program, as operated by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension.
As noted in the proclamation, the program provides a learning experience for the whole child, as expressed in the four H’s – Head, Heart, Hands and Health. In accordance with its mission, the program helps young Arkansans acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to allow them to become self-directed productive contributors to society.
The state’s 4-H program has 134,000 participants aged five to 19 in urban, suburban and rural areas, from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. It also utilizes 16,000 volunteers. According to information from the Greene County Cooperative Extension Agency, in Greene County there are 14 4-H Clubs and project groups with 199 members and 41 volunteers.
According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension website, the goals and structure of 4-H clubs vary according to the needs of the members they serve. Project clubs – “project groups” – focus on one project at a time that the entire membership experiences together at the club meeting. Community clubs offer a selection of projects with information being delivered through project meetings held outside the club.
Four-H club programs fall into seven categories:
Civic Engagement and Leadership
Plant & Animal Science
4-H Center Programs
4-H Healthy Living Programs
More information about the programs, and about 4-H is available at 4h.uaex.edu.