Pike Commissioners show support for 4H

12 Jul 2017 | 02:18

Penn State Extension coordinator Stephen Alessi and new 4H director Angela Smith spoke about the expansion and future plans of 4H programs in Pike County, at the last Pike County Commissioners meeting in June.
Smith explained that 4H has a variety of programs available to the community. Among them are musicians who performed at The Milford Music Festival, and yet to come are cooking classes this summer and a community club, which is coming in the fall.
She said, “We want people to participate and become a part of the 4H club.”
Continuation of the club’s presence in Delaware Valley School District is in the plans too, through programs like The Reality Project, strengthening families.
Matt Osterberg, chairman, expressed the Commissioners support for the programs, especially in the school districts. He said working with 4H and Penn State Extension to strengthen families via visiting youths in schools regarding issues like drugs, bullying, alcohol and tobacco is “extremely important, and the state supports us completely.”
“The Commissioner’s Office is a big advocate for this, and we’re going to support Ms. Smith in whatever she’s doing,” he added.
Penn State Extension plans to reach out to other school districts, including Pocono and Stroudsburg.