4-H Underway For the Fall

By 4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot

Red River 4-H is getting underway for the fall.  They are signing up members and getting organized.  4-H Agent Jacque Fontenot reported, “The junior leaders got together this weekend at Grand Bayou to say goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year.  They ate hot dogs, swam, and visited with each other. 

This year I will be able to have monthly club meetings at all of the schools in Red River Parish.  This month, I will be coming into all of the schools beginning Wednesday with Riverdale to introduce 4-H and bring enrollment information.  We also have a Member-At-Large club that meets the first Thursday of the month here at the office from 3:30-4:30.  This club is for all home school students in the parish.  Our first meeting for this club is Thursday, Sept. 2nd. 

In addition to school clubs, we have several project clubs. 

Junior Leaders:  (Grades 7-12) JR. Leaders have fun helping out in the community and assisting with 4-H events. This club participates in numerous activities where members meet and make friends with other teenagers throughout the state. Meetings: 2nd Thurs. of each month at 5:30. 

Livestock Club:  (Grades 1-12) Learn all about showing animals and taking care of your show animal.  Meetings are announced at various times during the  year. 

4-H Explorer’s Club:  New this year!  (Grades 2-6) We’ve combined Furr-H Pet Project club and STEM club to make a club where 4-H members can explore the MANY things that 4-H has to offer all in one club!   animals.  Meetings:  2nd Mon. of each month at 5:30. 

4-H Chefs Food & Fitness Club:  (Grades 2-8) Learn more about preparing food and being safe in the kitchen. Meetings:  4th Mon. of each month at 5:30.

Shooting Sports:  (Grades 4-12) The 4-H shooting sports program is an active program, attractive to both youth & adults, conducted by the LSU AgCenter.  It uses experiential learning & positive interactions with youth & adult role models.  In shooting sports, there is an activity for everyone- girls, boys, young, old, urban, and rural.  Participation in shooting sports is not limited by age, skill, or physical abilities.  We offer Rifle, Shotgun, & Archery. 

Goals & Objectives:  To teach safe & responsible use of firearms & archery equipment.  To promote the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior.  To encourage participation in natural resources & related natural science programs. To strengthen families through participation.  To enhance development of self-concept, character, & personal growth.  To complement & enhance the impact of existing safety in shooting. 

To join any of these project clubs, call the 4-H office at 932-4342.

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