By Meghan Reyes
On Saturday August 28, the Hillsborough County 4-H program will hold its annual open house. 4-H is a program dedicated to extending agricultural education in rural communities.
“4-H stands for ‘Head, Heart, Hands and Health’,” said Charlie Poliseno, 4-H agent for Hillsborough County. “These principles are further developed in our 4-H pledge:“ I promise my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to greater service, and my health to a better life. For my club, my community, my country and my world.
4-H began as an effort by educators to provide opportunities for young people to learn about nature as the foundation of agricultural education. When the clubs began around 1904, 4-H became an official part of the Cooperative Extension Service in 1914. States organized clubs outside of schools with rural parents acting as volunteer leaders and extension workers. county have provided equipment.
“If you have young people aged 5-18 who want to meet new friends, learn new skills and have a good time doing so, please contact us or attend our open house event to find a club that matches that of your family. interests, ”Poliseno said.
There are many ways to support the Hillsborough County 4-H program. The best way to support the program is to volunteer and become a member. Adults have the opportunity to teach agriculture to children involved in the program. Many 4-H students attend a wide variety of competitions and educational events, both state and country, and they sometimes need financial support to realize these unique opportunities. Money donated to the 4-H program can help fund these trips.
“Our 4-H Open Day will be a great event for the public to see what our 4-H clubs are doing throughout the year and meet some of the amazing people who make our organization so great,” Poliseno said. .
During the open house, various clubs from across the county will be in attendance to display projects they have worked on and activities their young members can participate in. Volunteer leaders will be available to answer questions about their clubs and conduct hands-on activities. 4-H staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information on how to get involved with 4-H in Hillsborough County.
No registration or pre-registration is necessary for the 4-H Open House. Anyone interested in attending this year’s open house is free to stop by. For more information, see the 4-H Open House flyer or contact the Hillsborough County 4-H office at 744-5519.