By Kevin Shannahan
Over 350 4-H members, families, community leaders and supporters attended the 4-H Foundation Auction and Dinner held Thursday, March 29th at Westside Baptist Church. The event started with a dinner followed by a silent and live auction of everything from hunting prints to guns to vacation getaways. The event’s fund raising goal for the night was $15,000.00, all of which will stay in the parish and be used for supplies, programming and camp scholarships.
Natchitoches Parish boasts 660 young people in 20 4-H clubs in various schools in every corner of our parish. Ms. Pam Pearce, the 4-H Agent for our parish, described the popular program as “co-curricular, not extra-curricular.” In addition to the traditional livestock and agricultural activities one usually associates with 4-H, the program features science, engineering and technology. Most importantly, it teaches leadership and exposes its young men and women to new experiences and opportunities to learn and grow. There is something in 4-H for every child’s interest.
4-H was founded in 1908 and may be found in every state in our nation as well as 50 countries around the world. Louisiana’s 4-H programs boast approximately 180,000 members, making it the state’s largest youth development program. The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes our 4-H members the best in their future endeavors and commends the young people of Natchitoches Parish 4-H for their hard work and dedication. The NPJ is donating tonight’s photography. Copy protection is off and anyone may download any photos they wish. If you do see a photo you like, please consider a donation to Natchitoches Parish 4-H in lieu of payment. Every summer, about 120 children from our parish attend a 4-H camp. Let’s help them get there!