(Le Mars) — “I pledge my head to clearer thinking…my heart to greater loyalty…my hands for better service…and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” That is the pledge that thousands of youth recite as a member of the youth organization, 4-H. This week, October 7th through October 13th is National 4-H Week. Ann Schoenrock
serves as the Co-coordinator and 4-H and Youth Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County. She says Plymouth County ranks among the top five counties in Iowa for 4-H membership.
Schoenrock says the time most people think about 4-H is when they see the youth and their exhibits at their local county fair, or at the Iowa State Fair. Schoenrock says its the many volunteers that helps Plymouth County 4-H be so special and successful.
The local 4-H and Youth Director explains how area members will recognize National 4-H Week, and specifically the Plymouth County 4-H program.
Schoenrock says “good kids join 4-H, and 4-H makes good kids.”
Schoenrock says 4-H helps members develop leadership skills, communications skills, record-keeping skills, organizational skills, and it helps build character and self-confidence. All factors, she says, that will be needed during their adult career life.