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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2017

Events set for National 4-H Week

Oct 02, 2017

October 1-7 is National 4-H Week, and Washington County is celebrating the 4-H youth and alumni who are making an impact on the community. During this celebrated week 4-H members and volunteers are excited to promote 4-H in special ways in communities across the county. Several special events will be going all week to help celebrate. Washington County 4-H is proud to have such an active and supportive community of these special events and our youth.

Washington County 4-H is proud to be the sixth largest 4-H program in the state of Iowa with 397 fourth-to 12th-grade members last year and just over 120 kindergarten-tothird-graders in Clover Kids. National 4-H Week is the perfect time to get enrolled in 4-H for the new year as clubs are kicking off the new year this month.

There are several social media contests running this week to encourage 4-H’ers to share their 4-H stories. There are 4-H locker signs in the schools and a coloring contest open until Friday at 4:30 p.m. Contact the Extension Office for more details on those.

Unc & Neph’s in Washington is hosting Washington County 4-H for their Tuesday Fundraising Night on Oct. 3. From 5 p.m. until close, 10 percent of all food sales will go to Washington County 4-H. There is no need to pay extra or tip extra, but simply go out to eat with family and friends at Unc & Neph’s and Washington County 4-H will benefit.

Oct. 4 is also “Go Green Day.” 4-H’ers, 4-H families and volunteers are encouraged to wear their 4-H shirts and 4-H green to show their pride for 4-H out and about in the community. Members should submit pictures of them in green for the 4-H PROUD Prize Package drawing.

County Council will visit each fourth-grade classroom to play 4-H games and also invite them to be members of 4-H. Fall is the time to join 4-H for a year full of activities. To find a 4-H club, families should contact the Extension Office in Washington.

Research from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities.

Washington County has 4-H programs for youth in grades K-12. For more information about the 4-H program in Washington County as a member or volunteer, contact the Washington County Extension Office, 319-653-4811, or check the web at http://www.extension.iastate.edu

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