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County Commissioner’s Court signs proclamation for National 4-H Week

October 3, 2011

Hutchinson County Extension Agent Kristy Synatschk, left, and County Judge Faye Blanks, right, each kissed a pig for a worthy cause at the county commissioner’s court meeting Monday. The “kissing of the pig” was part of a special fundraising effort on behalf of youth affected by the tornadoes in Joplin, Mo. PHOTOS BY DON RICE

(Editor’s Note: In honor of Oct. 2-8 being National 4-H Week, the Hutchinson County 4-H will be running a series of articles throughout this week’s editions of the Borger News-Herald.)

On Monday, September 26th, the Hutchinson County Commissioner’s court signed a proclamation officially recognizing October 2-8, 2011 as National 4-H Week in Hutchinson County.
Part of the proclamation read: That the county commissioners are “proud to honor the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for 104 years of providing experience-based education to youngsters throughout the Lone Star State. The purpose of 4-H is to provide learning experiences for the whole child, including head, heart, hands, and health, it helps young Texans to acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive, and contributing members of our society”.
Across Texas 640,000 youth are enrolled in a variety of project activities that reflect their varied interests from culinary arts to photography, livestock to sportsmanship and everything in between.
County Extension agent, Sandra Duke, commented “4-H in Hutchinson County is alive and growing. We currently have three main project-based clubs: 4-H Café focusing on food and nutrition, Hands, Hooves, Horns, and Halters with a focus on raising and showing animals, and River Breaks Shooting Sports with youth developing their skills in rifle, shot gun, and archery.”
Along with these main projects, Hutchinson County 4-H members from all clubs are involved in the consumer education project, the clothing and textiles project, the photography projects, and the newly formed dog project.
If you would like more information about 4-H in Hutchinson County please call the Extension Office or contact a local 4-H member.
Also during Monday’s meeting a number of 4-H members and parents attended to witness the “Kissing of a Pig” by county extension agent, Kristy Synatschk.
After the devastating tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri, Kristy along with other members of the District 1 Association of Extension 4-H Agents, the professional organization supporting youth development, implemented the Kiss a Pig fundraising effort to benefit Joplin youth.
The plan was to get 4-Hers and their friends and families to vote for their agent by making monetary donations and then the agent with the most money contributed would kiss a pig at a public event of the county’s choice.
Kristy was one of three that tied for the honor across the area and Commissioner’s Court was the designated place due to a large donation by the commissioners.
When Kristy and the pig arrived at the commissioner’s court meeting, Judge Faye Blanks upped the donation if the four commissioners - Larry Coffman, Jerry Hefner, Red Isbell, and Eddie Whittington - agreed to kiss the pig as well.
They agreed then turned the tables on Judge Blanks and contributed an additional donation if she kissed the pig.
“It was a lot of fun for the kids to see how supportive and good natured our commissioners are” Duke said.
Hutchinson County donations totaled over $325.00 and will be sent along with the Panhandle funds which totaled over $800.00 to the Adopt-A-Classroom Program through Bright Futures to help rebuild the schools destroyed by the tornado.

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