As a 4-H honor club member, it has been a very successful and fun year for me. I have been involved in many things through 4-H this year including: meat judging, assisting children with arts and crafts during Christmas, and helping with the Henry County Fair activities.
My project this year was companion animals. I adopted a dog from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter. I have a passion for shelter dogs.
This inspired my community service project, Dancing with Dogs. This consisted of a country dance, silent auction and concessions. I wanted to raise money for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter. These animals depend on us for their needs.
The shelter is operated on donations from the community. The Sheriff’s Department, local businesses and the entire community offered overwhelming support. We were able to raise enough money to make much needed repairs to the building at the animal shelter. I am making plans on having this event again in February.
Another highlight this year was being able to attend the Academic Conference at UT Knoxville. While there I studied veterinary science. I was able to tour the Veterinary Hospital and watch a surgery. I was also able to do community service work by making toys and houses for cats in shelters. This was an experience of a lifetime.
I know that the experiences I am having in 4-H will help me in the future.