4-H youth giving back
By Kay Ledbetter
Oct 10, 2013, 09:15
AMARILLO – Hundreds of 4-H’ers, volunteers and parents will join together in the name of One Day 4-H this month to give back to communities across the Texas Panhandle.
The majority of the work will be done on Oct. 12, which has been designated as One Day 4-H during National 4-H Week, said Shawnte Clawson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H and youth development specialist in Amarillo. 4-H is the youth organization of AgriLife Extension.
“This is our 4-H members’ way of saying thank you to their communities,” Clawson said. “They (communities) support us all year long and we want to give back in a helpful, caring way. We hope our work gives people hope of how bright our future is with our 4-H youth leading the way.
“We frequently hear about negative actions of youth,” she said. “I hope this positive event gets as much attention as the negative ones! We are proud of our Panhandle youth.”
However, some clubs, like those in Collingsworth County, will give back to their communities on a different day. In Wellington, 4-H’ers will meet Oct. 19 at the Bura Handly Community Building to provide breakfast for about 150 first responders and their families in the community.
The 4-H’ers in Potter County conducted a food and clothing collection in late September during their annual county fair. And the Potter Paper Punchers will meet Oct. 19 at Amarillo Rifle and Pistol Club, 7650 N. Western, to evaluate measures needed to facilitate emergency response procedures and possible first aid treatments in case they are ever needed.
Wheeler County 4-H’ers from the Fort Elliott, Kelton, Shamrock, and Wheeler school districts will be making Christmas cards for the military during their Oct. 9 club meeting.
Events scheduled for Oct. 12 around the Panhandle are:
- Dallam County 4-H members will be making sack lunches and delivering them to the senior citizens in Dalhart who receive Meals on Wheels to provide them with a nutritious weekend meal.
- Deaf Smith County 4-H youth are raising funds that will go to the Snack Pack 4 Kids program.
- Donley County 4-H’ers will be painting and cleaning up at the activity center.
- Channing 4-H Club members will hold the Third Annual One Day 4-H Channing City Beautification/Clean-Up City of Channing.
- Hutchinson County 4-H members will be assisting the animal shelter and collecting items in the Walmart parking lot in Borger.
- Moore County 4-H Teen Council and Double D Club will build shelves and help organize the Rainbow Room, which houses clothing, diapers, shoes, hygiene and other products for children in Child Protective Services care.
- Ochiltree County 4-H’ers will be picking up trash and painting at Leatherman Park in Perryton.
- Oldham County 4-H’ers will meet at Taylor's Vega Market for a canned food drive, with collection containers available all week.
- Randall County 4-H members will meet to clean up Cadillac Ranch and paint its iconic automobiles green in honor of National 4-H Week.
- Roberts County 4-H youth will clean up the fire barn in Miami.
For more information, including times the youth will be working, contact the AgriLife Extension office in the county where the event will be held. More information on One Day 4-H in Texas can be found at http://Texas4-H.tamu.edu/oneday .