It was with great frustration, concern, and sadness that I learned of the funding cuts to the San Miguel County 4H Program and the resignation of 4H Agent Jack Krebs.
I must admit that I am completely baffled. I understand that everyone uses the economy as an excuse these days, but where is the logic in cutting funding to programs for our children, as opposed to programs that satisfy our hobbies?
Especially in the West End, where youth-enriching programs are not as prevalent or as easily accessible, I cannot help but think this will be a major blow. The 4H Livestock Auction alone is an enormous undertaking and one that many of our students rely heavily on for college tuition, ranching business acumen, heritage, and personal growth.
As for Mr. Krebs, I personally am losing a beautiful colleague and friend, as he must of necessity find gainful employment elsewhere. But my loss cannot compare with what the kids of San Miguel County are losing. I know from personal experience that losing a great mentor is heartbreaking.
Mr. Krebs brought to this program passion, diligence, personal sacrifice, creative intelligence, open-mindedness, inclusion, and a great big heart. Not only did he help the 4H students work on agricultural products, he also began training them to be leaders in our world, to explore beyond the boundaries of San Miguel County and savor the opportunities life has to offer.
What a shame San Miguel County did not feel the need to stand behind this program or its lead agent. What a horrible decision to impose on our children.
– Cindy Bellai