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Fair time is nearing, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the 4-H program. A great group of kids are spending hours working on presentations, record books and displays, caring for their livestock and preparing for interviews. My family settled here in beautiful Pagosa Springs a couple of years ago. I have to say that nowhere else have we been involved in a 4-H program of the quality that is offered here. The program choices offered, as well as the more than capable instructors leading them are absolutely impressive.
Most impressive to me is the leadership that our county has chosen to head the program, Becky Jacobson. I can only imagine the huge amount of work that goes into the running of such a successful program, and Becky has always done so with a can-do attitude and a smile on her face. Being new to the area, I am forever calling and emailing with various questions, and she has always been prompt and thorough in her response. My children are involved in many projects, and these programs have awakened passions in them that are just a joy to watch unfold.
I am so pleased that our county leaders clearly recognize the need and importance of a great 4-H program, as — sadly, and to their great detriment — not all counties are as supportive of programs that reach kids before they become an at-risk statistic. One of the better-known quotes from Proverbs says it all — “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I am proud to say that Archuleta County leaders are training a fine generation of young people. These 4-H kids will be helping to lead our wonderful town in the future, and I just want to say “Thank You” to Becky, our 4-H leaders and our county leadership for their hard work and wisdom in supporting a great group of kids.