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Aaron R. Gray: Denton County 4-H program making strides

The 2013-14 school year is coming to a close and here in Denton County, the 4-H’ers are coming together for annual celebrations, awards and scholarships.

Very big and very hearty congratulations are in order for Wyatt Archer, Kaitlyn Kilpatrick and Lauren Kilpatrick, who have been announced as Denton County’s winners of Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships.

We are so excited for these accomplished 4-H’ers and want to encourage them as they move forward to the next chapter of their lives at the university level. We wish them all the best!

This is the perfect time to join our growing 4-H program in Denton County. Through 4-H, youths have unlimited access to projects that encourage a sense of responsibility and excitement. Next year will see the beginning to a new club at Corinth Elementary School that will focus on science, technology, engineering and mechanics (STEM) projects like the 4-H Robotics project.

If we can reach out to a school in your community, please let us know. According to a 10-year Tufts University study of 5,000 students, youths who were involved in 4-H were four times more likely to give back to their community and two times more likely to have a career in science.

Denton County 4-H will be expanding our 4-H Shooting Sports program in the next year. We will be expanding our program to include handgun, archery and shotgun. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to go through training and certification for all the 4-H youth of Denton County we will be able to get involved. We want to give a special thanks to Jay Farnbach, Donald Dieterich and our newest certified coach, Howard Moody. Without volunteers, the Denton County 4-H program would not be able to reach as many youths as we have.

One of our biggest fundraisers for Denton County 4-H is coming up. The Denton County 4-H 2014 Dessert Auction will be this Saturday at the AgriLife Extension Office, 401 W. Hickory St., Suite 115, in Denton.

Desserts can be viewed starting at 3 p.m., and the auction will begin promptly at 4 p.m. Desserts from Denton County 4-H members, volunteers and community sponsors will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Come out, enjoy some refreshments, and make a bid for a great cause. We hope to see you there!

AARON R. GRAY is the 4-H and youth development extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. He can be reached at 940-349-2884 or