Greene County, Iowa – The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H. Greene County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Find Your Spark, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country ̶ from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities ̶ are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
During National 4-H Week, Greene County 4-H volunteers and the Greene County Young Leader team will be visiting Greene County and Paton-Churdan 4th graders to tell them about 4-H and how to join. We will also be holding the following club and individual opportunities:
Decorate a store window: Go into your communities and let people know that it is National 4-H Week! The club that wins will be announced on the Greene County 4-H Facebook page and will also receive a FREE pizza party!
Refer a new member to Greene County 4-H: Do you know someone interested in 4-H? When they complete their enrollment information and let me know what 4-Her they were referred by, that 4-H’er will get their name into a drawing to win prizes!
Wear your 4-H t-shirt: What a perfect week to show off your 4-H green by wearing your 4-H shirts! Upload a picture of you wearing your 4-H shirt to Facebook using the hashtag #GC4HGrowsLeaders2021. Each 4-H’er that uploads a picture will be put into a drawing to win a prize!
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Each 4-H’er that chooses to participate will purchase a pumpkin and decorate it. The pumpkin can be decorated in any way you choose.
After decorated, send Kayla a photo. Photos will be posted on the Greene County 4-H Facebook page for voting. Whichever photo has the most likes and shares that individual will win a prize.
Deadline to submit photos: October 1st. Voting will open on the October 3rd and will close on October 9th. (National 4-H Week). One pumpkin Entry Per 4-H’er.
“4-H is a great organization to be a part of. We strive to teach leadership and communications skills to our youth for them to better contribute to our community in the future,” said Kayla Willms, Greene County Youth & 4-H Coordinator.
In Greene County, more than 150 4-H youth, 40 Clover Kid youth and 60 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.
For over 100 years, 4‑H has inspired families, shaped careers, and impacted communities. For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your Greene ISU Extension and Outreach office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.