OSAGE | For the 75th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Mitchell County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences 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.
Mitchell County 4-H members will be visiting the fourth grade classrooms in the two elementary schools in the county to share their 4-H leadership and citizenship experiences with students. They will also let them know the benefits of becoming a 4-H member in our community.
From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mitchell County and the 4-H County Youth Council are hosting an Ice Cream Social on the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Osage. The goal of the event is to offer a family event for 4-H members and those interested in joining 4-H to get together, meet new people and have fun.
Youth and parents are invited to enjoy the following activities: make your own sundae, decorate a pumpkin for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest (bring your own pumpkin), play bean bags and other games and have fun. There will be an informational meeting at 2:30 p.m. for those interested in joining 4-H and to answer any questions about the program.
In Mitchell County last year, there were 237 4-H members in 4th-12th grade and 145 Clover Kid members in K-3rd grade. They had over 75 adult volunteers involved in the Mitchell County 4-H program to make it a very successful year.
According to Abbie Johnson, ISU Extension and Outreach 4-H county coordinator, “with the help of caring adults, we were able to offer a variety of fun and educational clubs and workshops.” Over the past year, those workshops included painting, sewing, poultry, rabbits, archery, trap shooting, child development, food and nutrition.
4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.