Ron Patterson from the USU extension programs spent some time at the Business Expansion and Retention meeting presenting a little information about programs available in the area. He gave the group some insight into the local 4-H program.
4-H is a national youth development program for children that has been in existence for over 100 years. Annually, more than 6.5 million young people are involved in 4-H. Emphasizing “learning by doing,” 4-H is dedicated to the growth and development of boys and girls, ages 5-18, of all backgrounds whether they live in the city or on a farm.
Patterson said they are currently trying to get an ongoing 4-H group to begin meeting regularly at the Carbon County Event Center. Right now there are about 100-150 children in the area taking part in at least one aspect of 4-H locally. Lack of adults that would like to volunteer to help with the program, has kept it from really taking off in the area.
A joint program at Price City Library conducts science camps for grade school children. There is a teen council that is focused on service projects in the area. The “Buckle-Up” reminders that have been painted in some parking areas are just one project the teen council is involved with. Patterson says they are looking for more and are actively part of the HOPE Squad suicide prevention group.
Patterson also filled the group in on the family and consumers programs offered by Ellen Serfustini. Patterson can assist residents with issues in their gardens and landscaping as well as agricultural issues. The USU extension program offers a wide variety of help that is free to area residents.
To find out more about 4-H or other USU xxtension programs in Carbon County, contact:
Ellen Serfustini, 4-H/FCS Extension Agent 435-636-3236
Ron Patterson, 4-H/Agriculture Agent 435-636-3235
Kathie Thayn, 4-H Secretary 435-636-3233