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National 4-H Week observed with local activities

The first full week of October every year is designated as National 4-H Week. This year during the week of Oct. 5, more than 6 million youth across the country celebrated National 4-H Week. Rowan County 4-H has many activities happening throughout the week.

On Tuesday, Rowan County 4-H hosted a 4-H Open House to showcase our 4-H clubs and activities. It was a drop-in event where you visited with 4-H leaders and club members and learned what they are doing in 4-H. Many of our 4-H clubs had booths set up.

If you missed this event, join us for Cooperative Extension’s Centennial Celebration on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Our 4-H clubs, volunteer leaders and members will be on hand to update you on what is happening with Rowan County 4-H. This event will be held at the Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road.

This year’s National 4-H Youth Science Day Experiment was “Rockets to the Rescue.” The activity allowed participants to explore the field of aerospace engineering. In light of the recent natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, youth were asked to design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that could deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. Youth learned engineering concepts, developed math skills, learned about nutrition and helped solve a relevant, global issue. 4-H County Council Meeting:

Rowan County 4-H County Council is comprised of club officers, at-large members, and club representatives. The purpose of County Council is to provide an opportunity for youth to develop citizenship, leadership and life skill competencies by becoming actively involved in planning county level events. During meetings, members of County Council conduct business, plan county level events (such as summer fun), participate in service projects and enjoy the company of fellow 4-H members.

Members of County Council are to share what they learn at meetings with their club members during their monthly meetings. County Council meets monthly, and the most recent meeting was Thursday at the Salisbury Tractor Supply Store.

Paper Clover Promotion at Tractor Supply:

National 4-H Council is thrilled to announce that 4-H will be partnering with the nation’s leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company to implement a national Paper Clover Promotion October 8-19. Sixty percent of each paper clover sold will go directly to the county 4-H program in which it was raised, 10 percent will go to the state 4-H program, and the remaining 30 percent will go to National 4-H Council. Rowan County 4-H will have volunteers at Tractor Supply various times throughout the week.

For more information on the 4-H program in Rowan County, contact Sara Drake, 4-H extension agent, at 704-216-8970. The 4-H program is the youth education program of N.C. Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,780 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,330 adult and youth volunteers.

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