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Rosehill 4H: Growing Kids Gods Way
Rosehill Christian School Program Opportunities

Overview
You may not know that RCS has a thriving and active 4H program, but we are 74 members strong which makes us the largest extracurricular activity on campus here. The Rosehill 4H club has also been recognized with the Waller County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension as the largest club in all of the Waller County area. This is a huge accomplishment that has been set in motion several years ago by a past teacher by the name of Missy Owles.  Club manager, Christie Newell, has worked diligently to fill some very big shoes this year in moving our program forward. This year we have added an Equestrian Club.  

The RCS 4H program meets every Wednesday of the month after school approximately from 3:45 to 4:45 or 5:00pm with different club activities each week. The first Wednesday of the month is our general club meeting where we have activities for the K-5th graders to represent the different project areas and leadership development activities for our 6th through high school students.  The 2nd Wednesday of the month is Art Club led by Mrs. Clark.  The third Wednesday of the month is our Cooking Club led by Mrs. Rose Botkin (on-campus) and Archery Club under Shooting Sports led by Mr. Bankston at the Oil Ranch (off-campus). The second Friday of each month is Photography Club that is led by Dr. Keith Grimm.  We also have our Wildlife and Outdoor Education Club led by Mrs. Lauren and Mr. Jamie Dyal who meet once per semester.  We will have a day event out at the Brazos Bend National Park in October and an overnight campout at Inks Lake in April. The Agricultural Club is where we have students who raise a variety of different animals and show all around Texas including the Waller County Fair at the beginning of October. Our newest club, the Equestrian Club, will be led by Mrs. Teri Free who is the new Ag Teacher here at RCS.  She will do several horse workshops out at her ranch and develop several horse judging groups for competition. 

Livestock Program
Our program offers support in the production of livestock for the showing of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, goat, lamb, poultry, and rabbits at the county, state and national level. Through supervised agricultural experiences and classroom instruction, we provide the necessary fundamentals that explore the areas of animal husbandry, livestock selection, health and care of livestock. 
Our program is involved with the Waller County Fair Association. 

Shooting Sports Program
Our program is an extension of the Waller County Shooting Sports Program and is committed to giving our members a comprehensive introduction to shooting safety and the fundamentals of archery, rifle and shotgun.  The program includes a monthly practice with a 4-H certified shooting sports instructor. The program also offers a wide array of shooting games at county, state and national competitions. 

Food and Nutrition Program
In The Food and Nutrition Program, members learn to make healthy food choices, improve energy and alertness, reduce disease and gain knowledge of nutrients. Learning experiences include a monthly cooking club. This program offers an array of county and state competitions such as, Food Show and Food Challenge. 

Clothing and Textiles
The Clothing and Textiles Program offers members an opportunity to express themselves through creative outlets such as our Art Club.  This program is designed to teach members a variety of artistic techniques through painting, sculpting, design, and clay.  Members may enter their artwork in the Waller County Fairgrounds Creative Living division and compete in the auction division as well.

Equestrian Program
In the Equestrian Program, we offer members opportunities to learn more about horses through hands-on experiences in competitions such as horse judging. There will also be a variety of workshops out at a ranch where members will be up close and personal in learning about the care and health of horses.

Photography Program
In the Photography Program, students are learning to take better photographs with whatever medium they choose such as digital cameras, iPhones, iPads, etc. Members learn the proper terminology when caring for their camera and get hands-on experience with practicing for lighting, screen shots, flashes, etc. Members also learn how to upload their digital pictures to a flash drive and/or computer to edit the frame.  Members have opportunities to compete at the Waller County Fairgrounds, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and the District 9 Competitions.

Community Service
Members also give back to their communities. Members get involved in volunteer projects to protect the environment, mentor younger children, and help people who are less fortunate.  Our members are offered four different opportunIties through our club to serve others.

Leadership Opportunities
Our program offers an array for leadership opportunities. All members are eligible to run for 4-H Office. Officers are elected annual and hold a number of responsibilities related to the programs that are offered. We also offer opportunities for our 6th through High School age members serve as teen leaders in the variety of clubs.  A third option for leadership is for our members to recruit potential new members and invite them to our club activities.

During School
RCS offers Agricultural Science Classes to middle school and high school students. Course descriptions vary by semester but include the following topics: The Jr. Master Gardener Program, Livestock Production, Horticulture, Vocational Careers, and Sustainable Agriculture.

After-School Program
The Rosehill Christian School 4-H Program meets monthly to explore the various project opportunities within the club, community, and county. Students participate in team building activities, community service projects, and leadership activities. Rosehill 4-H Club supports its members by offering after school programs that support their project area. Monthly newsletter support various project opportunities within the community and the county.

Waller County Extension 
Rosehill 4-H Club is a part of the Waller County Extension Program. The county offers the members of our club opportunities in district and state competitions,* fair exhibits, fundraising efforts, scholarship opportunities, record keeping, and project exploration.

*Waller County Fair Association
The Rosehill 4-H Club partners with the Waller County Fair Association to provide education and scholarship opportunities for the youth of Waller County through livestock and creative living exhibits.

ALL AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE PROGRAM MEMBERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE TEXAS 4-H RULES AND REGULATIONS.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF

THE ROSEHILL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 4-H CLUB.

    What is 4-H?

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring, and discovering. In 4-H.  Young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.

Rosehill 4-H Club is open to all RCS students in grades K-12th.

Director: Christie Newell


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