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Jessica Kimbro: New school year brings new year of 4-H

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Jessica Kimbro

The new school year is in full swing, and with that comes a new 4-H year. Come discover 4-H, and discover a world of opportunity.

4-H is a national organization that helps young people develop lifelong knowledge and skills to become engaged citizens. The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which is a part of the Texas A&M University System. The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program serves youth in all 254 counties in Texas.

4-H has something for all kids, from kindergarten to age 19. Young people in 4-H learn about citizenship, leadership, foods and nutrition, healthy lifestyles, veterinary science, mechanics and technology, horticulture, agriculture and much more. The 4-H program uses a learn-by-doing method of instruction. Each project the 4-H member selects according to their interest and ability is the program's cornerstone. Projects involve setting goals and evaluating progress. 4-H has things everyone can do, in the city or country or anywhere in between.

The participation cost of 4-H is $20 per year if paid before Oct 1. Enrollment for the 2017-2018 year is open now on 4-H Connect at

If you have any questions about getting involved in 4-H, and the project and curriculum areas it offers, contact me at 940-349-2884, via email at or by visiting the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at 401 W. Hickory St., Suite 125, in Denton. Also, follow us on Facebook at @DentonCounty4H. We would love the opportunity to discuss our programs with you and your family.

JESSICA KIMBRO is the 4-H and Youth Development county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension. She can be reached at 940-349-2884 or via email at