National 4-H Month Draws to a Close

Thursday, October 30, 2014
One of the Terrific Tuesday offerings was leather tooling with Dub Cook. Organizers noted the kids got to make a tooled item, and take it home with them.

Over 130,000 youth in Arkansas are more likely to have better grades, be active in civic life and pursue higher levels of education thanks to their involvement in the 4-H youth development program. In fact, a recent study, composed by Laura Connerly, assistant professor-University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, indicates a young person's participation in 4-H makes them more likely to succeed as an adult.

The study, titled "The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development," found that the structured earning, encourage and adult mentoring offered through the 4-H program plays a vital role in helping youngsters achieve success into adulthood.

The facts are reinforce by a comprehensive study conducted in 2002, and repeated annually over a period of eight years, covering more than 7,000 young people in 42 states. The study was created by Richard Lerner, director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts.

"4-H is an Arkansas tradition dating back more than 100 years," Connerly said of the organization. "It's based on experiential learning--learning by doing--and on top of all of the excellent outcomes 4-H is also filled with fun learning experiences which build lifelong friendships."

4-H is offered in all 75 counties across the state with community clubs, camps, school programs, military kids' clubs, after-school programs and more.

The clubs in Clay County include--the Mighty Razorbacks 4-H Club, led by Angela Cole. The next club meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Piggott Community Center. Those wanting more information may contact Cole at 870 324-2112.

The Cougars 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Rector Community Center. The leader is Regina Vangilder, and those wanting more information may call her at 870 240-6645.

The Hands-On, Homeschool 4-H Club meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Piggott Community Center. The main leader is Kesia Howell, and more information may be obtained by calling her at 870 634-6426.

And, the Cloverleaf 4-H Club meets at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Corning Community Center. The main leader is Mary Carroll, and more information may be obtained by calling her at 870 323-1939.

Those wanting more information on 4-H in Clay County may contact Debbie Baker, Clay County Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Science, at the office in Piggott. The phone number is 870 598-2246, or visit the official Arkansas 4-H website at www.uaex.edu/4h-youth

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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