Across West Virginia, young people involved in 4-H are making a lasting impact. And while many parents might be scratching their heads, wondering how one organization can do all this, the answer is simple: 4-H makes learning fun. And as kids learn, they acquire skills and build confidence and become better citizens.
In fact, a recent national study of the 4-H “learn by doing” approach shows 4-H’ers are nearly twice as likely to get better grades in school and twice as likely to plan to go to college.
But for any youth-based organization to thrive, it takes the collective efforts of the children and families in our communities. There are opportunities throughout the year to become involved in Mingo County 4-H. But, there’s no better time to enroll than October.
October 7 kicks off National 4-H Week and 4-Her’s from our local schools are invited to attend the Mingo County Commission meeting on October 2 to witness the signing of the proclamation declaring National 4-H Week. The week will end with our annual 4-H Fishing event.
We also want to invite all 4-H’ers, family and friends to attend the annual fishing event at the Logan Shiners Pond on Saturday, October 12 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Food and beverages will be provided by the Logan Shriners. Bus transportation will be provided and the schedule will be sent to the schools once the paperwork is completed. To sign up for this event, please ask the 4-H Leader or principal at your school for the necessary paperwork. To learn more, feel free to contact Mark Whitt, 4-H Agent @ 304-235-2692 ext. 2. The event is sponsored by the Mingo County 4-H Leaders, Mingo County Commission, Mingo County Board of Education and Logan Shriners.
4-H is the largest youth development organization in West Virginia, and our nation. Nearly one-in-four West Virginia youth belong to the 4-H program.
Part of the program’s appeal is that it provides a safe and welcoming environment for children from various backgrounds to thrive. That same national study also found that girls in 4-H are more than twice as likely to participate in science, engineering or computer technology programs as their peers.
It isn’t a stretch to say that 4-H changes lives and opens the door for new opportunities.