MANCHESTER, Iowa — For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers, and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from October 7-13. This year’s theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now. In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries. In Delaware County, more than 450 4-H and Clover Kids youth and 150volunteers from the community are involved in 4-‑H.
4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.
Throughout National 4-H Week, Delaware County 4-H will showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
4-H Inspires Kids to Do in Delaware County! Here’s all the exciting events happening throughout National 4-H Week. Kicking off 4-H week will be the 4-H breakfast hosted by the Hoptown Hurricanes 4-H Club on October 7th at the Hopkinton Community Center. Delaware County Youth Coordinator, Kenzie Griffin, will be visiting the local fourth grade classrooms to talk about 4-H and how to get involved with a club in their community, throughout the week.
Delaware County 4-H clubs will be participating in a Hay Bale Decorating Contest. Be on the look out for these hay bales throughout Delaware County. Pictures of each club’s decorated hay bale will be posted on the Delaware County 4-H Facebook page for the public to vote on their favorite. Also, on the Delaware County 4-H Facebook page will be a 4-H Photo Challenge. Each day of the week there will be a different challenge, to post a photo showing off your 4-H pride. The last thing going on during 4-H Week is a 4-H Scavenger Hunt. Starting Monday and ending on Friday, we will hide a 4-H Clover Pumpkin in a different location in Delaware County. The 4-H Clover Pumpkin will be hidden in Delhi on Monday, Dundee on Tuesday, Manchester on Wednesday, Hopkinton on Thursday, and Ryan on Friday. For clues on where the 4-H Clover Pumpkin is hiding check out the Delaware County 4-H Facebook page. After you have found the 4-H Clover Pumpkin, come to the Extension Office to claim your prize. Winners will receive a “Special 4-H Bundle”.
To learn more about how 4-H youth development is empowering young people in Delaware County, visit extension.iastate.edu/delaware/4h or find us on Facebook. You may also contact Kenzie Griffin, County Youth Coordinator @ 563-927-4201 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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