THAYER -- Students at Thayer High School and Thayer Elementary School recently expressed interest in starting 4-H clubs, and the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development Program assistant Nancy Reed said adult leaders are needed.
4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri Extension, the United States Department of Agriculture and local governments. "4-H'ers are 8 years old and older. The four H's stand for head, heart, hands and health. The 4-H motto is 'To Make the Best Better'," Reed said.
Reed said Missouri 4-H clubs offer lots of learning opportunities and positive environments for children.
"The next step in this process is to have adult volunteers in the community step forward who would want to help with a group. Those interested in becoming a 4-H leader must be willing to submit to a background check," Reed said.
"We need club leaders, someone to handle paperwork, arrange monthly programming and someone to work with 4-H officers," she said. "In addition we are looking for adults who have interest and skills who would be willing to serve as project leaders/helpers to teach sub groups in livestock judging, shooting sports (training coming in April), cake decorating, horses, aerospace, arts and crafts, amphibians and reptiles." She said some students have expressed interest in gardening.
Reed said currently there are two 4-H clubs in Oregon County, the Couch Horse Club, advised by Trisa Johnson, and the Alton Farm Hands under the direction of Sara Wiggs.
For further information about becoming a leader or to help with any of the programs contact Reed at 417-778-7490 or Tommy Lowery, Thayer After School coordinator, at 417-264-7261.