4-H prideful part of community

To the editor:

CARLINVILLE (July 12, 2018) – Through the 4-H program, leaders in our communities are being built. 4-H helps develop leadership, citizenship and life skills necessary to be successful adults through programs and projects.

When people see the 4-H emblem, they often think of farm kids. 4-H is not just for farm kids. 4-H offers opportunities for youth of all ages, no matter their diversity or interests. Project areas range from robotics, animal science, food science, to, yes, animals.

The pledge: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.” Each one of the Hs is very important to being a future leader. Head — everyone should be able to problem solve; through projects, members learn to keep trying until it works. Heart — members are loyal to what they believe in; members are passionate about what they do. Hands — members are giving back to their communities through various service projects; giving back to one’s own and surrounding communities is seen through community service projects Health — learning how to live physically, mentally, and emotionally productive lives is important for all.

When you see these members out and about in the community — many times in brightly colored shirts with the 4-H emblem on the front — take the time to find out what they are doing. More than likely, they are helping promote a cause they believe in or raising funds to support a local cause or an educational trip. Throughout this past year, members have collected toys for the fire departments Help the Elf, created birthday bags to take to the food pantry, cooked multiple meals at the Ronald McDonald House, packaged over 10,000 meals and delivered to local food pantries, and many more. Often times, these 4-Hers are the youth seen holding the door open for others, standing in front of church and speaking or singing, raising their hand first in class to volunteer, or visiting the Capital to lobby for what they believe in. They live the motto “to make the best better.” So, when you see any 4-Her acknowledge the work they are doing and encourage them to continue. It will make an impact on them now and as our future leaders.

Sincerely,

Anthony Joiner,

Fantastic Fours President

Speaking for Illinois 4-H members