(Le Mars) — Today, (Monday) marks the start of National 4-H Week, and here at Plymouth County, there are more than 420 members involved in the youth organization, making Plymouth County among the top five Iowa counties for membership. Ann Schoenrock is the co-coordinator with the Iowa State
University Extension and Outreach for Plymouth County and oversees the 4-H and Youth activities. She offers two explanations about the youth organization.
Schoenrock says the four H’s in 4-H stand for Head…Heart…Hands…and Health and the program is teaching youth how to use each component to their
full potential to help guide them throughout their school years, and ultimately with their future careers. 4-H was at one time thought of as a rural youth organization, but Schoenrock says that perception is changing.
The local 4-H and Youth Coordinator says the lessons learned through 4-H, such as public speaking, leadership development, and other skills, will benefit the members throughout their entire lives.
Schoenrock says when 4-H members enter into college, their professors immediately recognize their skills over other classmates.
Schoenrock says each day this week, activities are being planned with area 4-H members as they acknowledge and celebrate National 4-H Week.
For additional information about the Plymouth County 4-H program, those interested can contact the Plymouth County Extension Office at 546-7835.