Centre County 4-H honored by commissioners

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS The Centre County Commissioners honored the Centre County 4-H at their meeting on Tuesday. From left, Jess Pflugfelder, 4-H Educator; Shawna Weaver, Centre County 4-H Teen Council; Mary Beth Rader-Allegar, 4-H Program Assistant; Denisha Krout, Centre County 4-H Teen Council; Jacob Beck, Centre County 4-H Teen Council; Faith Wolfe, Centre County 4-H Teen Council; Dristen Wolfe, Centre County 4-H Teen Council; Jordan Anderson, Centre County 4-H Teen Council, and Centre County Commissioners Mark Higgins, Michael Pipe and Steve Dershem.

By CHRIS MORELLI

cmorelli@lockhaven.com

BELLEFONTE — It’s 4-H Week in Centre County.

On Tuesday, the Centre County Commissioners unanimously approved Proclamation No. 3 of 2019, which honors the Centre County 4-H.

Centre County 4-H Educator Jessica Pflugfelder brought a large contingent of 4-H members to accept the proclamation. She talked about the significance of the 4-H program in Centre County – and beyond.

“4-H is a national program that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens,” Pflugfelder said. “Members belong to one or more clubs that focus on specific project areas. The clubs are led by screened adult volunteers. Our county has livestock clubs that focus on one or more species and community clubs that include other projects like arts, crafts, cooking, photography and robotics.”

Pflugfelder said that the program accepts youth ages 5 through 18. Ages 5 through 7 are considered Cloverbud members and there is special programming designed for their age level. Ages 8 through 18 are considered part of the formal 4-H program.

Make no mistake about it, it was a special day for Pflugfelder and her team of students.

“Penn State Extension-Centre County is truly grateful to have the support of the Centre County commissioners,” she said. “They are always very welcoming and they genuinely enjoy hearing about the good work our kids are doing in the community. It was an honor for the 4-H teens to have the opportunity to speak at their meeting.”

The students made the most of it. Every student who attended the event spoke about the benefits of being in 4-H.

“I would describe 4-H as amazing,” said Faith Wolfe, a member of 4-H Teen Council. “You get to experience so many different things. If you were just to sit at home or do another activity, I don’t think you’d be able to experience what we experience in 4-H.”

The commissioners had high praise for the students involved in 4-H.

“I know I interface with 4-H through community service projects and I believe there are a couple of (members) here who are going to be exhibiting and selling at Grange Fair … it’s great to see young people being very involved in community service projects,” said commissioner Mark Higgins.

Commissioner Steve Dershem was impressed by the group.

“I think 4-H demonstrates what’s best about youth,” Dershem said. “Certainly, you folks have it figured out. You have friendship, you have cooperation, you have leadership, growth and respect … what you generate … the synergy you create for our community, it’s pretty great to see. Especially when you see all the projects, all the good things you get involved in. Most importantly, you’re making your families very proud.”

For more information about Centre County 4-H, visit www.extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/centre or call 814-355-4897.

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