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4-H builds character

by Carol Dunn

    The Colorado 4-H program is available to youth ages 5-19.  There is a wide variety of 4-H projects to choose from.  All are designed to develop positive self-concept and confidence, teach students to make contributions and stay connected to the community and to be successful, caring and compassionate people.

    According to CSU Extension, by becoming involved in a 4-H project, students learn practical skills that equip them to succeed throughout their lives.  The three main categories of projects are: livestock; general/natural resources; and family consumer science.  Examples of the 24 general/natural resource projects include ceramics, electricity, shooting sports, small engines, leathercraft and photography.  There are nine family consumer science projects, with topics like foods and nutrition, clothing, and child development.

    Each student is responsible for learning about their topic, then keeping detailed records of activities and costs for his/her project.  The 2009 4-H final projects will be on display at the 4-H barn during the Huerfano County Fair, August 6-9.  This is an opportunity for students to showcase their work to the public.  Be sure to stop by and see what these enterprising youth have been working on.