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  • As a parent of former 4-Hers, I know that it is an amazing program offering leadership and character training which has no substitutes.
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  • As a parent of former 4-Hers, I know that it is an amazing program offering leadership and character training which has no substitutes.
    No other organization offers kids the level of responsibility that 4-H projects require in terms of commitment, time and public scrutiny of their work. No other organization offers the opportunity for the entire family (all ages and genders) to work together.
    But a devoted family is not required to benefit from 4-H. Time and again I've seen how kids with troubled families found their personal worth through 4-H clubs and projects. When 4,000 Jackson County kids aren't involved in 4-H next year, what will they be doing instead? I understand that our county is struggling to keep our jail operating; however, taking from 4-H is a very short-sighted solution.
    I believe that whatever the 4-H portion of the Jackson County budget is, it is matched by the thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of volunteer hours that community members devote to 4-H. All that social capital is working productively and cheaply under the umbrella of the 4-H program. Don't dismantle something working so well. Find a way to keep 4-H. — Mary K. Barton, White City
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