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Sara Drake: 4-H Week recognizes youths ’empowered for life’

More than 6 million young people across the country are celebrating National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H held during the first full week of October. During this week, Rowan County 4-H will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.

As part of National 4-H Week, Rowan County 4-H participated in the National 4-H Youth Science Experiment on Tuesday.  The “Motion Commotion” experiment, which dealt with physics, allowed youth to understand motion, stopping distance and reaction time.  Youth explored how things move through time and space and discovered how human factors, such as reaction time, affected their own body’s motion and their ability to stay safe.

Thursday night, Rowan County 4-H members and volunteers were at Tractor Supply in Salisbury to share their experiences and tell others about 4-H.  While at Tractor Supply, 4-H’ers sold paper clovers as part of the annual 4-H Paper Clover Campaign that runs from Oct. 7 through 18 as a way to raise money for 4-H.  All proceeds raised goes to support 4-H work at the county, state, and national levels.

In Rowan County, more than 2140 4-H youth and 240 volunteers from the community are involved in 4‑H.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow.

4-H programs empower young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.  4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices.

Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries.  The research-based 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

For more information on the 4-H program in Rowan County, please contact Sara Drake, 4-H Extension Agent, atsara_drake@ncsu.edu or at 704-216-8970. 

 

Sara Drake

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development

October 6, 2015

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