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Youth celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8

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Oct. 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Marion County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. To celebrate National 4-H Week, several events are planned for Marion County youth.
Yesterday, youth had the opportunity to take part in the National 4-H Youth Science Experiment and learn about alternative energy sources while they made their own wind turbines. Today, Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. at the Marion County Extension Office youth can learn to bake 4-H Colossal Cookies. Youth will have the opportunity to sample some of their cookies and the rest will be sent in a care package to soldiers in Afghanistan. Thursday, Oct. 6 all Marion County 4-Hers are invited to a pool party at the Lebanon Aquatic Center from 6-8 p.m. The pool party is free to all 4-Hers that have turned in their 2011-12 enrollment forms. (Parents/guardians must sign in their child) Door prizes will be given out. Call the Extension office at (270) 692-2421 to register for any of these events.
Recent findings from Tufts University’s 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that young people in 4-H are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youth not participating in 4-H. Notably, the Tufts research discovered that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that 4-H’ers receive play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. In Marion County, more than 400 4-H young people and 130 volunteers are involved in 4-H.
Learn how you can Join the Revolution of Responsibility at 4-H.org/revolution, or contact Rebecca Hill, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development at the Marion County Extension Office at (270) 692-2421 or by email at becca.hill@uky.edu.
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.