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The Teton County 4-H program is more than livestock as many valley youth learn everything from cooking and sewing, to bows and arrows.

4-H longest running youth program

It’s one of the longest running programs for valley youth. And in an age where being plugged and in tuned out, the Teton Valley 4-H clubs continue to offer the best of what is good of the head, the hands, the heart, and health, the four H’s. Serving more than 200 students in Teton Valley from elementary school students to graduating high school seniors, the Teton County 4-H program will showcase more than 400 projects completed over the course of the 20122013 year at this year’s Teton Valley Fair. From clothing to cooking, livestock and leadership, valley residents will have the opportunity to buy, bid and peruse 4-H’s hard work.

But it’s not all about the fair. Teton County 4-H coordinator Katie Murdock, who has been with the program for three years and has two sons that participate in a variety of 4-H clubs, said 4-H provides an outlet for valley youth. “Kids that participate in 4-H are less likely to be involved in drugs and alcohol, are more likely to get good grades and can often talk with their parents about difficult subjects,” she said. Murdock credits the variety of clubs offered through 4-H as having a wide appeal for valley youth. She said some of the best clubs develop leadership skills, public speaking and record keeping skills. According to the national 4-H

Support Teton County Youth at the 4-H Livestock Sale Teton County Fairgrounds Fri., Aug. 9th • Sale at 6 pm Buyers’ Dinner from 4 -7 pm Purchase animals for your own use, or resell and pay the difference between your bid and floor price. Animals kept by the buyer can be sent to a packer of your choice. A Big THANK YOU goes out to our prior buyers and supporters of this great 4-H program! Packer sponsors: Matt’s Custom Meats • Ball Custom Meats D&J Processing • Paramount Rocky Mountain Meats

organization’s Web site, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach. The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are: * Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school; * Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college; * 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and * 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities. The 4-H Clover symbolizes four

actions, which 4-H members try to accomplish. The four H’s stand for Head, Hands, Heart and Health, as it is in the pledge. “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.” The 4-H Livestock Sale is Friday, Aug. 14 starting at 6 p.m. at the fair grounds. There will also be a Buyers Appreciation Dinner from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. that same evening sponsored by Teton County 4-H. The dinner is $7 and proceeds benefit the 4-H scholarship program.