Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Highlands County Celebrates National 4-H Week

Highlands County Board of County Commissioners has issued a proclamation to celebrate this year's National 4-H Week.  

Highlands County, Florida
National 4-H Week Proclamation

Whereas, October 7-13,2012 is National 4-H Week in the United States, with more than 5 million youth, ages 5 to 18, taking part in 4-H club programs nationwide, and with 4-H ranking in total awareness among agencies serving youth; and, 

Wheras, the Florida 4-H Program has been positively impacting children's lives since 1909 and has celebrated over 100 years of service.  The Florida Cooperative Extension Service conducts 4-h programs through the state's land-grant university, the University of Florida, with the mission to create supportive environments where diverse youth and caring adults may gain the knowledge and life skills they need to be productive, responsible citizens; and..

Click Here to view the entire proclamation.

Wakulla County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

October 7-13 is National 4-H Week, and Wakulla County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
“After becoming involved in the 4-H Program here in the county, I realize how far-reaching and exciting that 4-H can be for young people,” said Wakulla County 4-H Volunteer Maria Odom.
Recent findings from Tufts University's 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H.  Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H'ers receive plays a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.  In Wakulla County, more than 800 4-H members and 65 volunteers are involved in 4-H through community clubs, camping programs, after school and classroom clubs as well as the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking contest and Community Citrus Project.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.  The 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math.

4-H youth are a living breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing our country forward by making a measurable difference right where they live.  Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at, or contact Sherri Kraeft, Wakulla County 4-H Agent, at the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Office at 926-3931 or

Courtesy of Wakulla County News and Writer Sherri Kraeft