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4-H’ers focus on club with special week

4H Horse Club Youth Leader, Maresa Hargrove, gives Leroy a much needed break during a morning with horses at 4H day camp earlier this year.

4H Horse Club Youth Leader, Maresa Hargrove, gives Leroy a much needed break during a morning with horses at 4H day camp earlier this year.

— Young people in Dougherty County know that they are Georgia 4-H!

Local 4-H’ers are proud to continue to say they are Georgia 4-H.Dougherty County 4-H’ers help the community, but they also need help from the community. They need support through funding, volunteers and guidance in their project areas.

Dougherty County 4-H programs offer so much to the youths here. There is a project in 4-H that interests almost everyone. Participants find what’s for them through learning and judging events, fun activities, community volunteering or statewide competitions.

More than 700 active 4-H members from 5th through 12th grade are enrolled in Dougherty County. The Extension 4-H program assistant and volunteers meets with 4-H members in school and after school. In 2011, more than 170,000 youths participated in Georgia 4 H programs.

Besides projects and competitions, members can go to special camps and exciting events all over the state and nation. Special UGA football and basketball days, camps at the beach, in the mountains, in the city and at Rock Eagle and even trips to Washington, D.C., offer exciting ways to learn while having fun.

In Dougherty County, our 4-H activities this year included 4-H project achievement, 4-H summer camp, healthy lifestyle lessons and demonstrations, various community service events and much more exciting and educational events.

But the 4-H’ers aren’t the only ones having fun. Adult volunteers work with 4 H’ers helping them prepare for competitions, sharing their knowledge with them and, most importantly, spending time with them. Our volunteer-led activity is the Dougherty County 4-H Horse Club.

If you want to find why you are Georgia 4-H, call the Cooperative Extension Office at (229) 436-7216 or come by the office at 125 Pine Ave. Suite 100.

Jessica Dorsey is Extension Service program assistant with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Family and Consumer Sciences.