Head. Heart. Hands. Health.
Members of 4-H clubs use their heads by making smart decisions.
They use their hearts by treating others with respect.
They use their hands by recognizing the importance of community service and generosity.
And they use their health by focusing on it in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects.
Together, the four “h” words comprise the core values that members of 4-H work on, evident in the pledge they recite: “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.”
This week, there’s an even brighter focus on that pledge as club members, parents, organizers and volunteers across the country celebrate head, heart, hands and health as part of National 4-H Week. Annually observed during the first full week of October, the weeklong celebration is a chance to promote 4-H and what it stands for, as well as the benefits of joining a 4-H club.
According to 4-H.org, the organization boasts 540,000 volunteers, 3,500 professionals and more than 60 million alumni.
Locally, Marion County is served by the Barrackville 4-H Club, Barrackville Cloverbuds, Baxter 4-H Club, Baxter Cloverbuds, Cross Roads 4-H Club, Cross Roads Cloverbuds, Eldora 4-H Club, Eldora Cloverbuds, Fairview 4-H Club, Fairview Cloverbuds, Mannington 4-H Club, Mannington Cloverbuds, Metz 4-H Club, Monongah 4-H Club, Monongah Cloverbuds, Plum Run 4-H Club, Plum Run Cloverbuds, Winfield’s Right Combination and Winfield’s Right Combination Cloverbuds.
You’ve probably seen the club members picking up trash along the side of the road as part of a highway-adoption program. Or maybe you’ve seen them volunteering at a car wash.
But that’s just the beginning.
Members in 4-H clubs have access to science programs that tackle national and global issues such as climate change, workforce development and technological innovation. They become well-informed citizens through citizenship programs that teach them to lead, make decisions and contribute to their communities. Healthy living programs address issues such as childhood obesity, substance abuse and physical safety.
Being a member of 4-H pays off in the long run, too.
Studies suggest that kids who are involved with 4-H achieve higher grades in school, are more likely to attend college and pursue careers in science, engineering or computer technology, are more likely than peers to positively contribute to their communities and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors such as drug use.
It makes sense to be involved with 4-H, and we salute the members of Marion County’s 4-H clubs as they work to make a difference not only in their communities, but in their futures as well.
Head. Heart. Hands. Health.
If something seems too good to be true, then assume that it is
Scam. noun. A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
This is a word that Marion Countians have heard a lot about in the past few years. And the problem appears to be one that is getting worse every day.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
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