St. Patricks Day is just a week away. This is a great opportunity to highlight the 4-H club emblem the four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. These Hs stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health.
The 4-H community starts off every meeting by saying both the Pledge of Allegiance and the 4-H pledge. The 4-H pledge is meant to remind our members of the vision and mission that each H has to offer.
The 4-H pledge goes: I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.
Each of these Hs provides us with important tools in positive youth development. 4-H wants to give our youths the ability to use their Heads for clearer thinking. This will allow them to develop good decision-making skills that can be useful throughout life. 4-H members have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local, state, national and international leadership development-programs.
With hearts of greater loyalty, our youths can develop strong personal values, positive self-concepts and compassion for others. This H was shown off last weekend when 4-H members took part in the American Heart Association fundraiser Jump Rope for Heart. Our 4-H members jumped their hearts out to raise money to save lives of other youths who have developed heart-related illnesses. La Plata County 4-H instills this behavior into our youths by making community service an integral part of our program.
4-H can mold the hands of larger service. Through 4-H projects and life-skills opportunities, youths develop workforce preparedness, science and technology literacy and positive youthadult partnerships. These useful skills allow our youths to be active members of the larger community. It develops responsible citizens that make positive contributions to our society.
4-H provides health for better living. The program looks to promote healthier lifestyles that make positive impacts locally and globally. By creating healthier lifestyles in our youths and families, 4-H works toward sustainable community development. 4-H strives to work together to find solutions to social, economic, cultural and environmental concerns affecting our communities and world.
La Plata County 4-H is extremely blessed to be supported by community members, businesses and other civic organizations. We have the great privilege to be under Colorado State Universitys Extension program. Through this support and privilege it is our mission to spread the four Hs proudly in our community. We are very lucky to find a four-leaf clover every day in our Heads, Hearts, Hands and Health.
Four States Ag Expo
The Extension office would like to encourage people to attend the Four States Ag Expo from March 17 to 20 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds in Cortez. This is a great opportunity to learn about agriculture in our region. There will also be many wonderful family friendly activities.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.