After a yearlong hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, over 200 4-H members, families, community leaders and supporters attended the 4-H Foundation Auction and Dinner held Thursday, March 25 at the Martin Luther King Community Center. The event started with a dinner followed by a silent and live auction of everything from fishing trips 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 the largest 4-H program in Louisiana with 953 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. 4-H also 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. Natchitoches 4-H members have a tradition of achieving statewide prominence. NCHS’ Cooper Johnson is the Northwest Regional Representative and is joined by 7 other young men and women from throughout the parish as state board members.
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. Natchitoches’ 4-H clubs are a 953-member strong force for good in our communities!
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 young people from our parish attend a 4-H camp. Let us help them get there!