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4-H selling paper clovers as fundraiser

National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company. This event marks the sixth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4‑H programming.

The campaign will take place April 13-24. Shoppers at the Salisbury Tractor Supply can support 4-H in Rowan County by buying paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in Rowan County.

“For many years, the Paper Clover fundraiser 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.”

Last year, across 49 states, the campaign provided more than $1.8 million to 4-H. All proceeds raised directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent of funds being returned to state and local 4-H programs. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, and has granted scholarships to these events where youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.

“The Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of Tractor Supply Company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300 communities we serve,” said Christi Korzekwa, 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.”

Funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and by store. Visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H for more information and to view the donation tracker.

4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension system and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices.

The 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.

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

Contact Amy-Lynn Albertson, Rowan County Extension director 704-216-8970, http://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu

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