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4-H Clubs Of Oktibbeha County
Last updated on August 28, 2014


The 4-H Clubs of Oktibbeha County provide opportunities for Mississippi youth to learn and become involved in a variety of programs including 4-H Congress, Interior Design, Livestock, Shooting Sports, and much more. These 4-H programs teach a variety of skills including leaderships, decision-making, citizenship, life skills, and more.

The 4-H Youth program strives to improve the quality of life for Mississippi youth by developing youth potential and by providing "hands-on" (experiential) educational programs. Program priorities identified include leadership development, life skills training, developing positive self-esteem, and empowering volunteers. Programs are delivered through local county Extension offices to volunteer leaders.
The 4-H Symbol

df4-H is best identified by its green four-leaf clover with an H on each leaf. The four Hs on this emblem stand for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. These words emphasize the basis of the four-fold development of youth involved in 4-H.

Head: 4-Hers focus on thinking, making decisions, and understanding and gaining knowledge.

Heart: 4-Hers are concerned with the welfare of others and accept the responsibilities of citizenship and developing attitudes and values.

Hands: 4-Hers use their hands to learn new skills and develop pride and respect for their own work.

Health: 4-Hers develop and practice healthy living physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially.

4-H grew out of the progressive education movement in America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rural school principals and superintendents wanted to teach their students about the material they would need to succeed in the business world.

At the same time, agricultural colleges and experiment stations were accumulating scientific knowledge that could improve productivity and the standard of living for farmers, but farmers showed little interest in these "book farming" methods. These professors thought that teaching farmers' children improved agricultural methods might allow the information to reach the farmers.

Rural school principals and superintendents teamed with agricultural college researchers to form corn clubs in most eastern and southern states at this time.

W. H. "Corn Club" Smith was instrumental in forming Mississippi's first corn clubs. In 1907, Smith received a franking privilege and a salary of $1 per year from the United States Department of Agriculture. This was the first time the USDA had been involved in a youth program and established a three-way partnership of county, state, and federal governments working together.

While other states had corn clubs before Mississippi, none had the federal partnership Mississippi had. This is the basis of Mississippi's claim to be the birthblace of 4-H.

Contact person: LaTrell Stokes, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (662) 323-5918
Office fax number: (662) 323-5865

 Oktibbeha County Extension Service Office
106 Felix Long Dr.

Starkville, MS 39759
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://msucares.com/counties/oktibbeha_53/4h.html
Last updated on August 28, 2014

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