Panola County Commissioners proclaimed the week of Oct. 6-12 as National 4-H Week at their latest meeting.

County Judge LeeAnn Jones said the Court is proud to honor the 4-H youth program of Texas A&M Ag Life Extension Service for 112 years of having provided experience-based education to children throughout Texas.

“This admirable program, which seeks to provide a learning experience for the whole child, including head, heart, hands and health, 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,” Jones said.

There are more than 550,000 urban, suburban and rural youth participants, ranging in age from 8 to 19, who hail from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent a cross section of the state, Jones said. The court recognized the service of the program’s more than 22,000 volunteers who have given their time, talents, energies and resources to the youth of Texas.

“Throughout its proud history, the 4-H program has developed positive role models for countless Texans, and through its innovative and inspiring programs, continues to build character, and to instill the values that have made our state strong and great,” Jones said.