Drake column – Rowan County youth celebrating National 4-H Week through Oct. 11

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

4-H youth from across the nation will be celebratingNational 4-H Week now through Oct. 11 by raising awareness about 4-H programs.
Throughout National 4-H week and the year, 4-H’ers solve problems in their communities, raise awareness about issues and make a difference for their futures in the spirit of 4-H’s vision to create a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.
In Rowan County, more than 1,000 youth and 200 volunteers are actively involved in 4-H through 4-H clubs, camp, special interest programming and school enrichment opportunities.
To help support Rowan County 4-H, the National 4-H Council is thrilled to announce that 4-H has once again partnered with Southern States Cooperative retail stores to run the “4-H Paper Clover” campaign, an exciting fundraising promotion in which consumers buy a paper clover at the register for $1.
From now to Sunday, Oct. 19, Southern States Cooperative will sell paper clovers to its customers for $1 at the register at select Southern States locations. Fifty cents from each $1 donation will go to the local 4-H program and the remainder will go to the National 4-H Council.
You can join the 4-H community today. To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Rowan County, contact Sara Drake, 4-H Extension Agent, at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Rowan County Center, at sara_drake@ncsu. edu or 704-216-8970.
4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. National 4-H Headquarters, which operates out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the federal partner of 4-H programs implemented by the Cooperative Extension System of the nation’s 106 land-grant colleges and universities and in local communities through 3,150 county Cooperative Extension offices.
Learn more about the 4-H adventure at www.4-H.org.