Washington County Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10

October 4-10 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 in the top 10 largest 4-H programs in the state of Iowa with 376 4th-12th grade members last year and 190 kindergarten-3rd 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-Hers to share their 4-H stories and challenge completions which enters them in 4-H PRIDE Prize Package. There are 4-H locker signs in the schools and a coloring contest open until October 10 at 4:30 p.m.

October 5 is “Maker Monday” and 4-Hers have been challenged to Chalk the Walk with 4-H pride. Make an outdoor chalk creation showing what 4-H means and why others should join.

October 6 is “Tasty Tuesday” and 4-Hers are encouraged to enjoy a meal with their family together.

October 7 is “Wear it Wednesday” and 4-Hers are challenged to Go Green in their 4-H gear to show their 4-H Pride.

October 8 is “Thoughtful Thursday” and encourages 4-Hers to serve others with thanks and random acts of kindness.

October 9 is “Flashback Friday” and 4-Hers families past and present are invited to flood social media with flashback photos of favorite 4-H members.

County Council has prepared a video to promote to 4th grade classrooms with a folder of goodies. 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 https://www.extension.iastate.edu/washington/.

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