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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2017

Washington County celebrates 4-H week

Oct 03, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

With the Washington County 4-H being the sixth largest 4-H group in Iowa with close to 400 members, many special events are planned this week to celebrate the observance of National 4-H Week.

During this celebrated week 4-H members and volunteers are excited to promote 4-H in special ways in communities across the county. Washington County 4-H Youth Coordinator Amy Green said in addition to the 4-H members, which range in age from fourth to 12th grades, there are also 120 kindergarten through third grade students in the Clover Kids. She said National 4-H week is the perfect time for people to enroll in 4-H for the new year as clubs are kicking off for 2018 this month.

“We have a variety of ways for 4-H’ers to get involved,” Green said. “Some of them are social media contests and we have a couple of fun prize packages to give to people. We have sent some locker signs to the schools for people to put up. We have an open house night (tonight from 5 p.m. to close) at Unc and Neph’s where 4-H’ers will answer questions.”

She said the social media contests encourage people to share their stories of 4-H.

Oct. 4 is also “Go Green Day.”

Local 4-Hers, 4-H families and volunteers are encourage 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.

Green said this is the 75th year that 4-H weeks is being observed nationally.

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.

“We have some priority topics,” Green said. “We try to develop leaders and good communicators. We try to develop successful adults for our communities by learning about healthy living and by learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). We learn about agriculture.”

 

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