April 4, 2016 - 10:32pm -- sherman.1473@osu.edu

“Because of 4-H, I Can..." Those words have been chosen to serve as the 2016 theme for the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development Program.

The theme was revealed Monday, April 4 by Extension Educator Erin Dailey, following careful consideration by a panel of judges. Dozens of Jackson County 4-H and FFA members participated in a contest to come up with an appropriate theme for 2016; judges sifted through around 60 submissions before crowning a winner.

“The judges felt the open-ended nature of this theme did an excellent job of conveying the many program areas covered by 4-H youth education, and the vast number of skills that can be gained from them,” explained Dailey. “It’s our hope that, through this theme, our membership will celebrate all the many things they can do, because of 4-H.”

This year's winning theme, "Because of 4-H, I Can...," was submitted by Lexi Davis, a member of the Cove Chums 4-H Club. She is a first grader at Oak Hill Elementary School and is the daughter of Jeff and Dana Davis.

The theme will play an integral part in this year's Jackson County Fair, Dailey added.

"It will be featured on the front of the fair book, and all our club booths are designed with that theme in mind," she said. "A lot of the activities throughout the week of the fair will follow along with that theme. This year's theme, I think, will give them some terrific options."

This past year, the Jackson County 4-H program reached 654 4-H members and Cloverbud youth in the county who took 1,047 4-H projects through 36 community clubs. Through these experiences, youth learned leadership, citizenship and life skills, as well as specific subject matter materials. These youth were directly impacted by 125 adult volunteers who exhibited the value of volunteerism and provided youth with a positive relationship with a caring adult.

The programs that take place through the Ohio State University Extension Office and the Jackson County 4-H Youth Development program are very diverse and reach numerous people in all walks of life. 4-H programming is about much more than the traditional stereotype of livestock and home economics projects. There are more than 200 4-H projects to choose from with projects ranging from electricity to theater arts and everything in between.


Bradford Sherman