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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 8, 2009

“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.”

Since 1927, 4-Hers have recited The 4-H Pledge, or some version of it, at the opening of every club meeting.

During this, National 4-H Week, we should all celebrate the opportunities that 4-H offers youth today.

4-H has been fundamental in building the character of young men and women, not just in rural but also urban areas.

While 4-H programs have continued to maintain their excellence in training young people in the areas of agronomy and livestock raising and showmanship, 4-H has also stepped boldly into the 21st century to challenge youth to welcome leadership challenges.

Those who say there is no hope in the youth of tomorrow don’t know anything about 4-H or its impact on youth. One only needs to look at The 4-H Pledge to understand the impact of 4-H on youth of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

If youth learn how to put their heads and hands to good use, they understand that nothing can prevent them from reaching their goals. If they have heart, they can reach greatness. And if they are dedicated to maintaining a healthful lifestyle, they will live long, full and productive lives.

If you’re a parent, check into what 4-H programs have to offer. If you’re an adult, see about becoming a 4-H leader or adult volunteer. And if you’re age eight or above, check into the opportunities and challenges that 4-H has to offer.

Just contact your local 4-H leader or county extension office today.