I Pledge My Head To Clearer Thinking... My Heart To Greater Loyalty

By: Brenna Slavens
By: Brenna Slavens

Brenna reflects on her time in 4-H as a child in Jackson, Ohio and how kids in her hometown may never get to experience the joys of the club.

Good Morning to all you folks out in the MOV and beyond! :)

About a month ago, a group of 4-Hers came into the studio after Alan and me got finished with the noon. What a great group of kids they were!  I was surprised with how much they talked and the number of questions they asked us!  They even sent us a thank-you card with their signatures and a few pictures, which are now on hung up on my desk!

After the Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club's visit to WTAP, it got me thinking of my days in 4-H.  I remember being in second grade and anxiously waiting til I was old enough to join 4-H!  Finally, the moment arrived when I was actually OLD enough.. I was ecstatic!  My first project I ever took was veterinary science, in which I learned about some intense information for a 9-year-old.  Not only did I take projects every year to the county fair, my club would take field trips, but since there wasn't a television station close to Jackson, we never got the chance to visit one, but we did take various field trips around the great buckeye state! I used to look forward every summer to 4-H camp with my friends and of course, the Jackson Co. junior fair.  I have so many great memories from 4-H, from deciding which project to take for the year to being the 2004 fair queen.

Even though, I was  able to get to experience the fun of 4-H.. many kids in my hometown and the other towns in Jackson county (Ohio) might not get that chance.  Back in May, voters chose to not approve the 4-H levy which was needed to allow 4-H to continue.  I understand why folks wouldn't want to pay for another tax especially in this economy.  It's so disheartening to think this program that I loved and played such an important role in my childhood could be gone. This program has such a positive influence on kids.  I really can't remember anything negative during the time I spent in 4-H ( all 10 years of it!)

There is still hope for the 4-H program in Jackson County, as the program is putting the issue back on the ballot in November.. so keep your fingers crossed.. I know I will.

Until then... I'd like to recite the infamous 4-H pledge one last time..

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.


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