The anticipation is building for National 4-H Week, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating everything 4-H.
Crawford County 4-H will observe National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
In Crawford County, more than 257 4-H youth and 120 volunteers from the community are involved in 4 H.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities right now.
In the United States, 4-H programs empower six million young people through the 110 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension in more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country.
Outside the United States, independent, country-led 4-H organizations empower one million young people in more than 50 countries.
National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is "Inspire Kids to Do," which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement.
The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country - from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities - are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
Extension staff, 4-H’ers and volunteers will be participating in events each day during National 4-H week.
To kick off National 4-H Week, Crawford County ISU Extension and Outreach will be hosting a 4-H family day on October 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the extension office. This will include games, 4-H trivia, STEM activities, root beer floats and nachos.
During the week there will also be lots of fun activities.
On Monday the Crawford County Extension Office will be hosting a chamber coffee. People are invited to chat with community members and see what 4-H'ers are doing in Crawford County.
Tuesday is wear 4-H green for #National4HWeek spirit day.
Wednesday is wear your 4-H t-shirt day.
Thursday you can find youth, volunteers and staff talking to someone about 4-H as they encourage them to join such a great organization.
Friday is 4-H selfie day.
Also, in honor of National 4-H week there will be a free movie at the Crawford County Cinema IV on October 14. Movies will be playing at 1 and 3 p.m.
Something new to look for in Crawford County - Crawford County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is currently working on bringing Checkout STEM to the Crawford County area. Checkout STEM was created to expand access to research-based literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experiences for K-3 children and their families. Checkout STEM kits are designed to support the development of literacy and STEM skills. Call the Crawford County extension office for more details at 712-263-4697.
To learn more about how to get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.