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Letter to the Editor,

“As a true 4-H Club Member, I pledge my HEAD to clearer thinking, my HEART to greater loyalty, my HANDS to larger service, and my HEALTH to better living; for my club, my community, my country, and my world!” So goes the 4-H pledge that I remember reciting at a very young age and through-out my life.

Young people who grow up participating in 4-H make good adult citizens! Employers like to see 4-H on a resume because they are pretty sure this person will have a strong work ethic. Community leaders often site 4-H as the place that they learned to run a business meeting and serve on a committee carrying out some of their first service projects. Family members grow closer as adults work with children to learn new things, and children gain many strong role models through their advisors and junior leaders that they look up to for advice and guidance.

As someone who grew up in 4-H, many of the things I learned and participated in led me to a career of Home Economics/Family and Consumer Sciences. During my teaching career of over 30 years, I noticed that many of our student leaders in the schools, were also people who participated in

4-H. I believe this is because from a young age, these students were giving demonstrations and speeches, having individual project interviews by professional adults, planning and completing project work, and working side by side with parents and trusted teen and adult leaders.

The Extension Service offers many programs besides 4-H that are beneficial in our county in the areas of Family & Consumer Sciences & Agriculture and Natural Resources. Extension brings the knowledge and latest research going on at Ohio State University to our local community… and we all benefit!

I ask you to VOTE “YES” for the Morrow County Extension Service Levy that is on the ballot this May. Please help to continue all the valuable programs that this agency provides to our community and of course… keep 4-H alive in Morrow County for generations to come as we work to “Make the Best Better!”

A lifelong 4-H’er,

Faith Jagger, Mt. Gilead

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