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|Franklin Parish 4-H celebrates the Centennial|
by Carol Pinnell-Alison
The LSU AgCenterís Franklin Parish Extension Office will co-host with the Franklin Parish Farm Bureau a reception to kick off the year long celebration of 100 years of 4-H. The reception will be Tuesday, February 12, 2008 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Extension Office Auditorium in the Franklin Parish Courthouse.
All past, present and possible future members, volunteers and supporters of 4-H are invited to attend. We will recognize Joe Walters and Bill Russell for being selected as inductees to the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame. We would like to see pictures or memorabilia you may have from your 4-H experience. The Louisiana 4-H Museum is scheduled to open later this year in Avoyelles Parish. If you have any items you would like to donate or loan to the museum, we would be interested in having you bring them to the reception. If you have any questions about the reception or the museum please give us a call at our office 318/435-7551.
You may not have known, but since 1908, Louisianaís youth have been given opportunities to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate citizens in their communities through the largest youth organization in the world known as 4-H. Louisiana 4-H is an educational program of the LSU AgCenter and is part of the National 4-H organization. 4-H is the youth development and outreach program of the nationís largest land-grant university system.
As we celebrate the past, we trace our roots back to Avoyelles Parish where 4-H began with a Corn Club. With program growth the stateís first 4-H Club Short Course was held in 1915. In 2004, this statewide event took on a new look with expanded educational programs and is now known as 4-H University. Today, Louisiana is one of only a few states where 4-H is a co-curricular activity and is present in every parish.
During 2008, more than 218,000 Louisiana youth along with more than 9,000 volunteers will celebrate the 4-H Centennial Anniversary. As we look to the future, we see 4-H as an organization that seeks to provide individualism to Louisianaís youth as well as provide educational programs to teach life skills. These programs focus on the areas of science, engineering and technology, healthy lifestyles and citizenship.
As we celebrate 100 years, we will reflect on an eventful past and look forward to an even more eventful future. 2008 will be a year of recognition and celebrations, while staying true to our roots focusing on the development of youth.