National 4-H Week

first_imgThe structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities, according to the study.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org. To find out more about Georgia 4-H in your county, contact your local UGA Extension office. Georgia 4-H’s 172,354 student members will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. During the week, the state’s largest youth development organization wants to raise awareness of the program that started as a club for farm kids and has grown into a place that helps youth become successful and confident adults. It’s true that 44 percent of Georgia 4-H members live in rural areas, but just 3 percent live on a farm. Fifty-three percent say they live in the city, in a small town or in another urban or suburban setting.Georgia 4-H is available to children in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. The four ‘H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health and are represented by the four-leaf clover. Participating youths develop life skills through hands-on projects involving volunteer work, health, science, engineering, technology, leadership, agriculture and communication. Georgia 4-H is under the umbrella of UGA Extension, and 4-H programs are based on research from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and other UGA colleges. Georgia 4-H agents supplement teachers’ efforts by using after-school lessons and in-school curricula designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards.Georgia 4-H has always had roots in science. In recent years, that emphasis has shifted slightly to include other closely-related disciplines, known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The strategic inclusion of engineering and technology programs has been a natural fit for Georgia 4-H, as its slogan is “Learn by Doing.” STEM subjects are presented to 4-H members through new STEM 4-H Ambassadors, new projects at 4-H Project Achievement, new in-school club meeting curriculum, and new activities like robotics competitions and Mission Make-It: Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge.“The idea of bringing UGA research and resources to Georgia students through the use of county agents throughout the state was a cutting-edge idea in 1904 and remains so even today,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader. “The most important work of 4-H is to help young people become better citizens and enable them to grow into responsible, active adults.”When asked, “attending 4-H camp and making lifelong friends” continues to top the list of Georgia 4-H members’ favorite things about being in 4-H. High-school-age Georgia 4-H youths say their 4-H experience provided them with opportunities to travel, learn leadership skills, give back to their communities and overcome their fears of public speaking.Each year, over 30,000 Georgia 4-H youth perform community service, conduct research, compile portfolios of their accomplishments and learn public speaking skills through oral presentations at 4-H District Project Achievement.Students also learn responsibility through livestock projects, programs and judging. Georgia 4-H partners with Georgia FFA and the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science to provide these programs. Every year, close to 2,500 students complete a year-long process to prepare more than 4,500 animals for exhibition at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and other competitions.According to a Tufts University study, 4-H members are:Two times more likely to contribute to their communities than youths not in 4-HThree times more physically active than youths not in 4-HFive times more likely to graduate from college than youths not in 4-HTwo times more likely to pursue a career in science than youths not in 4-Hlast_img read more

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State Bound

first_imgCongratulations and best of luck to our 3 area boys who qualified for the state track meet this weekend in Bloomington, Indiana.  Winning the regional in the 3200m was Curt Eckstein of Oldenburg Academy.  Two other area young men also qualified by placing second in their respective events.  They are John Moody of Batesville who will be running the 400m, and Mark Belke of East Central who placed second in the pole vault.  Check WRBI’s web page this week for more details on when these young men will be competing.last_img

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DEATH OF BERNARD McGLINCHEY: RAY MacSHARRY PAYS TRIBUTE

first_imgRay MacSharryThe following statement was released this evening by Former EU Commissioner & Finance Minister Ray Mac Sharry on the Death of Bernard Mc Glinchey.“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of my great friend and colleague Bernard. For more than 50 years he has always been a tower of strength in Donegal Politics and Business.“His record as a member of the Oireachtas, The Council of Europe and Donegal County Council speaks for itself. The fruits of Bernard’s life long contribution to public life on local, national and international level have been and will continue to be enjoyed by many generations. “He will be greatly missed by all,none more so than his family and his dear partner Kathleen. May Bernard Rest in Peace.” – Ray MacSharry  DEATH OF BERNARD McGLINCHEY: RAY MacSHARRY PAYS TRIBUTE was last modified: April 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEATH OF BERNARD McGLINCHEY: RAY MacSHARRY PAYS TRIBUTElast_img read more

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