“To Make the Best Better.”
These words from the 4-H motto tell you all you really need to know when making the decision on whether or not to involve your son or daughter in 4-H.
4-H makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children and youth every year, and Terry County is no different.
Terry County has an active 4-H group, and they want your son or daughter to join them. Children between 3rd grade and 12th grade are eligible to join. It is easy to get your kiddo signed up. Simply go down to the Texas AgriLife Extension Office at 209 South 5th, or call 637-4060 to get started.
The cost is $25 for a full year membership in Terry County 4-H, but this price is only good through the end of October. November 1, the price goes to $30.
There are so many interesting areas of learning involved in 4-H.
This year, in photography there is a new opportunity to be involved in the Terry County Stock Show, even without showing animals. There will be a photography category at the stock show. Each 4-H member can enter up to four pictures. This year there is only one category, “Terry County Life.” The Champion picture will be auctioned at the Livestock Show Auction. So there is a chance at earning some major bucks, if your child has an interest in photography.
Of course, stock show is what most people think of when they think about 4-H. Certainly, stock showing projects can be done through 4-H. If you have a son or daughter that has an interest in showing an animal in the County Show, now is the time to get on that. You only have a few more weeks to get your animal purchased and validated. Geoff Cooper, Extension Agent, needs to know that you are interested in this project now. He can help answer all your questions and help you find a place to raise your animal. He can even put you in contact with those who might be able to help you purchase this first stock show project. If your kiddo has an interest in a stock show project, don’t delay! Talk to Geoff today at 637-4060.
Other projects available include the Food Challenge. In this project, a group of 3-4 kids are given a sack of ingredients. Their job is to concoct a dish out of the ingredients and present it to the judges. They must also give all the nutrition facts to the judges. What a great time of fun and learning!
There is also a Consumer Decision Making project. This is also done in a group. Each group is given a scenario where a consumer needs to purchase a certain product. Four choices of the product are given, along with the needs of the consumer. The group must determine which is the best value for the consumer, based on price, quality, and needs. Couldn’t we all use this skill!
If your child is between grades K – 3, they can start with Clover Kids. This group meets regularly and learns a craft project, as well as learning about meetings and being a part of a group.
There is so much more that 4-H can offer. Contact Terry County Extension Agents Ann Millican or Geoff Cooper today to get your kiddo involved.
The 4-H Club pledge: “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.”