E-T Staff Report

This week is National 4-H Week, a time to highlight the Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s 4-H & Youth Development Program.

The 4-H program is based on the philosophy that youth learn best when they are actively involved in the process, essentially “learning by doing.” Because every child learns in a different manner, 4-H offers one-on-one interaction (between a 4-H member and an adult volunteer), written materials, workshops, trainings, clinics and camps, to try and help every child. The program puts a great deal of emphasis on family, and realizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes. No matter the makeup, 4-H families are encouraged to work together. We believe family bonds are strengthened when families spend time together

Youth who are active in the program develop good recordkeeping skills. Each project teaches planning, goal setting, responsibility language skills, and pride in accomplishments.

Most people are acquainted with 4-H through its livestock projects, and many 4-H members throughout Texas show some sort of livestock project. However, 4-H has a variety of other projects that are of interest to those who do not want a livestock project. Over 40 projects are offered in categories such as mechanical science, animal science, family and consumer sciences, natural sciences, plant science, personal growth and development and communication arts. There are also a large number of local 4-H’ers participating in projects such as food and nutrition, photography and clothing and textiles.

In Erath County, there are nine different 4-H clubs. There are community clubs in Dublin, Huckabay, Lingleville, Morgan Mill and Stephenville. There are also project clubs for dairy, horse, lamb and goat and shooting sports.

Anyone interested in learning more about local 4-H programs should call Megan Logan at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Erath County, at (254) 965-1460 or stop by room 109 in the Courthouse Annex.