Richmond County 4-H has wonderful programs that teach youth various life skills.
Our Cooking Clovers are learning how to read recipes, prepare food to the proper temperatures, proper hand washing, as well as grilling. Richmond County Shooting Sports is teaching about bow and gun safety, proper use of weapons and, of course, increasing youths’ accuracy with their gun or bow. Richmond County Livestock club teaches youth about responsibility, farm animals and the different requirements each take to raise, goal setting and determination.
Eagles Homeschool 4-H Club is constantly working to offer high quality educational experiences to their youth with field trips, science experiments and wonderful social time for the members and their families. The newest club, the STEAM Science Club is working to encourage all youth to learn about the wonderful world of technology and how technology is used in everyday life. This club has opened the door for Richmond County youth to study about drones, solar power, chemical reactions and all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math related.
Last, but certainly not least, 4-H Adventures is a wonderful after-school program that assists youth with academics, but also teaches and encourages life skills and etiquette. This group attends various field trips as well as has the opportunity to earn a camping trip during the summer.
As with many organizations, none of the above activities would be possible without the dedication of our wonderful volunteers. Richmond County 4-H is thankful to have volunteers who lead clubs, who bring youth, who serve as experts and teach, and who freely give of their time. Without these volunteers, having six clubs would not be possible.
With all of the education taking place, there is one more very important part of 4-H that we all try to encourage: giving back!
This year, Richmond County 4-H has donated several hours to helping others. Most recently, members sent “Thank you” notes to soldiers who were deployed and assisted Our Daily Bread with sorting food and cleaning. Currently, they are collecting items to donate to a classroom at Sandhills Children’s Center. And already on the calendar for May, 4-H members will be packing backpacks for the Backpack Pals. The 4-H moto is “Making the best better” and giving back and improving our own community is a large part of living out our motto. We also live by the 4-H pledge that says “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.”
As we approach the holiday season and the end of another year, Richmond County 4-H would like to thank each one of our 2017 sponsors: United Way of Richmond County makes it possible for youth to attend camp at a reduced rate, go to various leadership workshops, provide school enrichment activities and much more; Richmond County Farm Bureau sponsors many of the 4-H events including Science Adventures, Embryology, Summer Fun, 4-H Goat Show, Youth Poultry Show and is always willing to help when asked; Rotary of Rockingham has been a wonderful sponsor of Summer Fun and 4-H Camp, sending youth to camp who otherwise would not have the opportunity to go.
Carolina Farm Credit is a wonderful contributor to our 4-H Goat Show and 11-county show circuit as well as our first annual Poultry Show. Perdue Farms, Inc. has been a wonderful addition to our sponsor list this year with their help with the Youth Poultry Show hosted in May. Another new sponsor in 2017 was Griffin Nissan with their donation of bottled water for Science Adventures hosted at Millstone 4-H Camp. As always, we would like to thank Richmond County Cooperative Extension and Richmond County for their continued support of the 4-H program and all of their endeavors.
If you would like more information about Richmond County 4-H or would like to assist them in a community service project, please call me at 910-997-8255 or email Alyson_hoffman@ncsu.edu. You can also visit our Facebook page, RichmondCounty4H, for upcoming events, photos and all things 4-H! We would love to have you and your family join the Richmond County 4-H family!
Alyson Hoffman is the 4-H youth development agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension office in Rockingham.