The Colusa County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 19 proclaimed Jan. 24-30 as Colusa County 4-H Week.
The board honored the local 4-H program and recognized its newly designated 4-H week, which is to be held annually the fourth week in January, through a proclamation.
Board Chairman Gary Evans presented the proclamation to Colusa County 4-H Advisor Nicole Marshall-Wheeler and 4-H Ambassador Rebekah McPeek, during the same meeting.
The 4-H program in Colusa County began as early as 1925 and led to 4-H clubs in every community.
“By 1962, one in three youth in Colusa County were involved in the 4-H program,” Evans said.
The proclamation recognizes the value the 4-H program brings to Colusa County and its communities, and stated, “the 4-H program aims to live up to its motto ‘To Make the Best Better.’”
“We are so proud of our Colusa County 4-H program and the opportunities which we provide our local communities,” Marshall-Wheeler said. “The program volunteers are passionate and wonderful mentors for our youth. Our youth members learn valuable life skills in the program such as public speaking, leadership, and responsibility. The services which 4-H provides supports our community and future leaders, as well as our local education system.”
The 4-H program in Colusa County not only has the traditional Community Club Program but is also bringing back in-school and after school programming, such as Embryology in the Classroom, to support formal education, Marshall-Wheeler added, in a news release.
The Embryology in the Classroom program allows teachers to check out 4-H free supply kits to hatch and raise chicks in their classrooms, reaching youth who may not otherwise get to participate in a hands-on animal science experience. Currently, the Colusa County 4-H program has two Embryology kits for check-out.
The 4-H program currently serves about 480 youth in Colusa County. ♣