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National 4-H Week / October 5 – 11, 2014
Recently I attended a program where three high school 4-H members shared with an audience of about fifty people the wonderful benefits that they all gained through the Butler County 4-H program. Each one said something that caught my attention as I listened closely. One young man said something that stood out to me. That young man said that without 4-H he would have never been able to speak in front of a group. That brought back memories of being that shy kid in class and hoping each day that the teacher would not call on me to answer a question or speak in front of the class. We have all heard that many people fear public speaking more than death. 4-H teaches countless life skills used in our everyday life. As we celebrate National 4-H Week from October 5 – 11, 2014, I would like to remind everyone that 4-H makes a positive difference in all of our communities. 4-H is all about helping young people and their families gain beneficial skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and to develop ideas for a more innovative economy.
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Summer is officially over now that Labor Day holiday celebrations have concluded, the school kids are back in school, everyone is getting focused on the new iPhone 6 release and all the holidays coming up this fall. Also, more teens are on our roadways during the school week. More teens are settling into the new school year with homework, extracurricular activities, and going to work. This week I would like to focus my article on teen drivers. How many of you know what the 4-H CARTEENS program is all about? The 4-H CARTEENS’ primary purpose is to decrease the number of repeat juvenile traffic offenders by educating them on safe driving habits. The program is offered here at the OSU Extension office in Butler County.
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