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4-H Spotlight

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Here it is November already and soon will be Thanksgiving and the holidays. Can you believe it? Again, I don't know where this year has gone. In the 4-H world, things are gaining momentum. All the clubs have at least had their first meetings of the year. Everyone is busy filling out their enrollment forms and recruiting their friends.

During the month of October we have celebrated National 4-H Week. Had various items on display at the Sanford Museum, hosted Chamber Coffee, and held 6th Grade Science Field Day. All of this on top of the various meetings that are held each month and the extra meetings that took place this month in preparation for the annual Awards Ceremony that will take place on November 15th at the Aurelia Community Center. Do things ever slow done? No way! We want to keep the momentum going. We have so much to look forward to in the coming months.

You will be able to see several of our clubs out in the public doing their community service projects and so much more. Watch for our entry in the annual Christmas Parade. Some clubs will participate in their own hometown holiday celebrations in many different ways.

For those of you still wondering about 4-H, a few months ago we received a news release from Extension News. The title: "Research Proves What Iowans Know; 4-H Builds Youth Skills Long-term". In reading the article a couple of things caught my attention. In a recent Tufts University study that involved more than 4,400 youth that were involved in a variety of after-school activities and 2,800 parents from 34 states the following statements have been noted:

1. 4-H'ers contribute more to their families and communities, achieve higher grades in school and are more likely to go to college than youth who are not in 4-H, or even youth who participate in other out-of-school programs.

2. Exposing youth to high levels of positive youth development like those found in 4-H- will help kids develop competence, confidence, character and compassion for others.

3. 4-H youth will have better and more sustained connections with peers and adults and are 3.5 times more likely to contribute to their communities, their families and themselves.

4. Youth involved in 4-H lead healthier, more productive lives, are less likely to suffer from depression and are less likely to participate in at-risk behaviors like drinking and smoking.

With research proven information like this, is there any question about whether your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, or neighbor kid shouldn't get involved with 4-H? If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Medick at the Extension Office (712)225-6196. We would more than be happy to talk with you about our 4-H program.

Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.