Letter: 4-H program has helped shape many for good in the community

Published 8:15 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020

Our future is in the hands of the children of this community, and it takes a village to help every child in it to discover their potential and recognize their value to others. I have had no greater privilege in life than to be a parent, but the first thing I learned as a parent is that everyone contributes positively or negatively in shaping a child’s character. From family members to peers and from educators to community members, children learn from others what to believe about themselves and the world around them.

Fortunately, this community has one of the strongest 4-H programs in the state, and I am forever grateful to what it did to help shape my children into fine adults. This community is as great as it is today in part due to the foresight of the Freeborn County commissioners, who provide programs such as the ones offered through the University of Minnesota Extension Services. Such services include programs on food and nutrition, leadership and rural community development for all ages, 4-H programs that include summer youth camps, teen skill-building and achievement support and encouragement, plus adult volunteer development, and so much more.

It has been my honor to serve two terms on the University of Minnesota Freeborn County Extension Committee, which allowed me to come full-circle in giving something back to an organization that continues to give so much to this community.

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I want to thank all those who served with me during my tenure, especially the amazing U of M Extension staff this county is so lucky to have as facilitators, and give special thanks to the Freeborn County commissioners who have illustrated genuine interest in the development of this community by making it possible for these programs to exist in Freeborn County. Because this has been one of the most enjoyable experiences for me, I urge everyone to consider serving as an adviser to the board at some point in their life. Thank you and keep up the good work everyone!

Susan Carlson

Albert Lea