WAXAHACHIE — For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country celebrated National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Ellis County 4-H leveraged National 4-H Week this year to showcase the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and highlighted the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

Over the week, youth promoted their local clubs at school. The week also saw numerous students showing livestock at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Be on the lookout for those young people who are sporting their 4-H gear. Ask them to tell you a little bit about what they are learning!

“4-H is a tremendous organization that teaches young people life skills through hands-on projects. Through 4-H, we see youth grow individually and as a part of something much bigger than them. We see their leadership skills take off. We see them gain confidence, courage, and compassion by working with others. 4-H is truly a life-changing experience for our young people.” said Megan Parr, County Extension Agent, 4-H & Youth Development. "We are excited to send out students out across the county on Saturday to participate in several community service projects. Can good collections, car washes, trash pick-ups and more are happening this weekend. There is truly never a dull moment with Ellis County 4-H!”

Texas 4-H offers over 100 projects for students to be involved in. Here, in Ellis County, we are fortunate to offer many diverse projects. Some of those are Shooting Sports (shotgun, rifle, pistol, and archery), Hunting & Wildlife, Public Speaking, Foods & Nutrition, Robotics, Sewing, Consumer Education, as well as, all of our livestock projects! There is definitely something for everyone!

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.

In Ellis County more than 380 4-H youth and 125 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.