The Kentucky 4-H Foundation, along with 6 million 4-Her’s from across the commonwealth and the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10. This year’s theme for National 4-H Week is 4-H Grows Here, the new National 4-H Campaign.
4-H grows confident, capable and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Working in partnership with 110 universities, 4-H programs are research-backed and offer life-changing experiences to youth around the world.
Kentucky 4-H will be celebrating throughout the week its growth and accomplishments across the commonwealth. 256,245 youth, kindergarten- through 12th-grades, participate in 4-H in one or more delivery modes. 4-Hers experience life-enriching opportunities in a learn-by-doing approach to help them grow into contributing, productive, self-directed members with marketable skills ready to compete in today’s global society.
Today’s 4-Hers are participating and celebrating in the traditional programs like livestock judging and communications day; but also the successes of the new non-traditional programs like Robotics included in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in several 4-H enrollment categories nationwide, with 32 percent of the kindergarten- through 12th-grade population participating in 4-H in one or more delivery modes.
Harlan County 4-H and Tractor Supply Company will partner during National 4-H Week to raise funds and awareness of 4-H Youth Programs in Harlan County. After a record-breaking 4-H Paper Clover campaign in the spring, Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is hosting another Paper Clover campaign in October. Look for local 4-Hers at your local TSC this week and next.
Oct. 7-18, Tractor Supply Company customers have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more during checkout. At the end of the campaign, 70 percent of the funds raised will benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs, and grant scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply. The remaining thirty percent of the total funds are donated to National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.
“The Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of Tractor Supply Company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300-plus communities we serve,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president, Marketing, Tractor Supply Company. “We are proud to be able to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs. These programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime. The continued success of the Tractor Supply Paper Clover fundraisers demonstrates the importance of our 4-H partnership with our customers, team members and communities.”
“For many years, the fundraising event has allowed us to provide thousands of 4-H youth across the country greater access to 4-H programs,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “We are thrilled about our continued partnership with Tractor Supply Company as it drives the excitement of local community participation and support for 4-H programs, and therefore the success of the 4-H Paper Clover campaign.”
Celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10! Get involved and help Kentucky 4-H Grow!
For more information, contact the Harlan County Cooperative Extension Service at 606-573-4464.
Raymond Cox is the county extension agent for 4-H youth development. Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.