The 4-H Pledge: “I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
St. Theresa is proud to have a club that is part of the National 4-H Organization and promotes character, leadership, and community service. Although initial 4-H programs were agriculturally based, 4-H has grown into a club that builds life skills through projects, activities, and events to help youth become contributing, productive, self-directed members of society. There are a variety of projects for students to explore their areas of interest such as cooking, sewing, pet care, agriculture, photography, and technology.
The 4-H motto “Learning by Doing” sums up the philosophy of the program. Students must attend regularly scheduled meetings once a month and keep records of their project work throughout the year. Annual 4-H Achievement Day, held each April, is attended by all schools in the Ascension parish. Individual and club awards are presented at the ceremonies. The STA 4-H club performs as a group in the song and cheer competitions on Achievement Day each year and has earned awards for the past 6 years.
Students are also encouraged to compete in club-sponsored activities and contests including: pumpkin decorating contest in October, cookie decorating contest in January, Valentine contest in February, and various parish contests and livestock shows. Some service work that 4-H members participate in include “Toys for Tots,” St. Theresa food pantry, homemade ornaments to donate to a nursing home, and school safety announcements during safety week.