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WINNEBAGO COUNTY | For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from October 7-13.

This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

Throughout the years, 4-H has showcased many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences, involvement in the community, as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

The Winnebago Extension Office will be traveling to schools this week to speak with students about 4-H and what it could inspire them to do.

In Winnebago County, there are seven clubs. These clubs include Grant Gleaners, Forest Everreadies, Logan Loganeers, Tree Town Trailblazers, FIRST Lego League, Shooting sports, and our newest FIRST Tech Challenge Club.

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact that 4-H had on them as young people. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs during after school time.

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