Next week is National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is set for next week (Oct. 2-8).

This year the week’s theme is “4-H Grows Here.” “This is a very fitting theme as many outstanding qualities emerge because of 4-H,” Regional Youth Development Specialist Janice Emery said. “Confidence, creativity, curiosity and compassion are all positive youth development characteristics that have been proven to increase with 4-H involvement. 4-H is involved in many parts of the community and gives every child a place where they can belong.”

The local 4-H program offers projects like cake decorating, scrapbooking, shooting sports, photography, international foods, robotics and more.

“The positive development of youth that 4-H instills has also been proven to increase problem solving ability and increase the likelihood that youth will become contributing members of their community,” Emery said. “It’s a very exciting time to be a 4-H member and there are options for everybody.”

4-H is always seeking active adult volunteers, including professionals, retired professionals or hobbyists who wish to give back to the community by through teaching youth their skills.

“They are always encouraged to contact me to see what volunteer options are available,” Emery said.

4-H enrollment is completed entirely online at Dues are $25 per program year, with the new program year beginning Oct. 1.

For more information on enrollment, clubs in the area or volunteering, call Emery at the University of Missouri Texas County Extension office at 417-967-4545 or email her at

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