December 10, 2008
Since its inception in 1909, the 4-H program in Kentucky has helped shape the state's youth into productive, contributing members of society. Over the years, the organization has transformed to meet the needs of generations of young people. As the 4-H program in Kentucky celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009, now is a good time to reflect on organization's past accomplishments and plan for the future. National 4-H was formed to fill the needs of practical education and advancing agricultural technology in rural areas.
November 12, 2008
Livestock programs are one of the most recognized aspects of 4-H, but many people do not know these programs help young people develop positive character traits and become the leaders of tomorrow. These programs introduce many youths to animals, but more importantly, youths learn many life skills through their participation. There are many ways youths can be involved in livestock programs through 4-H. Owning an animal is not a requirement for participation. Programs offered through 4-H include quiz bowls, skill-athons, livestock judging, projects and shows.
May 25, 2007
Here is what some area school officials who have worked closely with Paul Smiley during his tenure at Kentucky School for the Deaf had to say about him: Dick Webb, Burgin superintendent: "Paul Smiley has been an inspiration and outstanding example to an entire generation of coaches and athletic personnel. His influence statewide has been tremendous. Any decision Paul Smiley made as an AD was always tempered by what is best for the student. He single-handedly kept the Bluegrass Conference going for years so that small school athletes could be recognized.
January 17, 2007
Members of the Clark County Kiwanis Club heard a brief review of the services offered at the Victory Heights Center for Achievement at Tuesday night's meeting. Delores Townsend, program director for the day care and caretaker for the babies at the center, said the former Victory Heights School, later named Odell Gross Elementary school, gives one location for previously scattered services provided by the Clark County Association for Handicapped Citizens with Darren Diguette as executive director.
January 31, 2013
FRANKFORT - Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will visit Boyle County Friday to encourage local residents to make a voluntary $10 donation when they renew their farm license plates. The donation will be split evenly among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and Kentucky Proud. Commissioner Comer is traveling to county clerks' offices throughout the state to promote the voluntary donation. “FFA and 4-H helped make me the person I am today,” said Comer, a former state president of Kentucky FFA. “They taught me valuable life lessons while enabling me to make friends from all over the commonwealth.
October 5, 2006
Twenty homeless families have been working with case manager Susan Koenig to stabilize their housing situation, according to information submitted in the September report for the Clark County Community Services. This process has included mandatory life skills classes taught by Carolyn Burtner with the Clark County Health Department and family budgeting classes taught by Jennifer Howard at the Clark County Extension Office. Attainable goals, accountability and family security are top priorities in working with these families, said Judy Crowe, executive director of Clark County Community Services.
September 29, 2009
School to Work Council Inc., a non-profit organization that ensures students become active citizens and successful work place contributors, announced it received a $10,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning Inc. (SFFL), a private foundation created by Staples Inc. Funding from SFFL will support Enterprise for Success, a career-mentoring program that ensures students find meaningful employment after graduating college. This is the fourth grant the council received from the Staples Foundation for Learning, totaling $45,000 in support of their academic and character development programs since 2005.
September 15, 2010
A new school year is upon us, and it’s a great time to join 4-H, the nation’s largest youth organization. 4-H offers experiential learning to youth ages 9 to 18 with something for all interests from insects to space to sewing. There are topics for all youths. By participating in 4-H, young people develop many essential life skills including responsibility, leadership and self-esteem. You can get involved in 4-H several ways by participating in clubs or completing projects.
August 25, 2011
Life is tough and it's getting tougher to make ends meet during these hard economic times. Our children need some skills to help them prepare for what lies ahead. 4-H is one of the sponsors of a program that can help. LifeSmarts is a fun way to “get smart” and learn life skills. LifeSmarts is a game-show type of competition for grades 9 through 12. Students use online practice quizzes to test their knowledge in the areas of consumer rights and responsibilities, personal finance, health and safety issues, the environment and technology.
February 6, 2008
A new study confirms youth involved in 4-H are leaders, contribute to their communities and are civically engaged, which strengthens communities. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development is finding that youth involved in high-quality, structured programs during out-of-school time, such as those offered by Boyle County 4-H, are more likely to experience PYD. The study involves more than 4,000 youth and 2,000 parents from 25 states and measures the impact personal and social factors have on a young person's development.