By Kevin Shannahan
Over 350 4-H members, families, community leaders and supporters attended the 4-H Foundation Auction and Dinner held Thursday, March 28 at Westside Baptist Church. The event started with a dinner followed by a silent and live auction of everything from bicycles to guns and crafts. The event’s fund raising goal for the night was $20,000, every penny of which will stay in the parish and be used for supplies, programming and camp scholarships.
Natchitoches Parish boasts 943 young people in 4-H clubs hosted by every school in our parish. Pam Pearce, the 4-H Agent for Natchitoches 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. Two local 4-H members have risen to statewide prominence. NCHS’ Katie Anderson is a member of the state Food and Fitness Board while fellow Chief Bill Lacaze is a State Shooting Sports Ambassador. 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 the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Foundation in lieu of payment. Every summer, over 120 children from our parish attend a 4-H camp. Let’s help them get there!