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Hopkins County 4-H Members in the News …Again! by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent

Hopkins County 4-H Members in the News …Again! by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent
  • PublishedApril 2, 2021

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Jorja Bessonett, Miller Grove 4-H Club


Hopkins County 4-H Members in the News …Again!

Hopkins County has a great group of 4-H members and leaders – 260, in fact!  One of the characteristics that we try to instill in our youth is community service.  During the months of January, February, and March, our office was a drop off point for personal care kits to be donated to local fire and police departments to distribute as they deem necessary.  These kits included shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, deodorant, and other personal care items.

When the first announcement went out about collecting donations, the call was met with action.  As of this writing, approximately 30 personal care kits have been collected.  Many of our 4-H families gave generously to the project, and for that, we are truly grateful.

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Another characteristic which we emphasize with our 4-H members is courtesy.  As many of you know, the Junior Market Livestock Show took place in February.  Professional photos of the youth and animal are taken and the young people in turn, present the photo to their buyer as a thank you gift.  (By the way, these are ready to be picked up at the Extension Office!)  We also encourage a hand-written thank you note from the 4-H member.

Leadership is still another attribute that is important to teach young people.  A project that strengthens this trait is 4-H Record Book preparation.  The 4-H Record Book is a summary of project work, leadership activities, community service, activities outside of 4-H, and future goals.  Although these are not required, we encourage our 4-H members to prepare a record book.  They are judged on the district level for awards, and record books prepared by our senior 4-H members (grades 9-12) compete for a spot in state-level judging. 

A 4-H Record book workshop will take place on Monday, April 5, 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkins County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.  We’ll go through the process step-by-step so all attendees are familiar with the process.  Following the workshop, we will have our county 4-H council meeting to discuss upcoming events, 4-H award applications, and Diego Childs will share his experience with Green Jacket Academy.  Because we will be providing a light dinner, we ask that those who plan to attend call our office at 903-885-3443 so adequate preparations can be made.


Be Well, Live Well

               Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers numerous educational opportunities for the public.  One of the relatively new program series is “Be Well, Live Well.”  This series is designed for the 55+ crowd and covers a variety of topics – nutrition, reading labels, food safety, physical activity, and meal planning.  The series is being offered in April:

  • Dates: Mondays and Thursdays, April 12, 15, 19, and 22
  • Time:  10:00 am
  • Where:  Hopkins County Extension Office
  • Call: 903-885-3443 to sign up
  • Cost:  no cost

Nice gifts will be given to those who attend 3 out of the 4 sessions.  Join us!


Closing Thought

Happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

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