Rushville Republican


January 3, 2014

Root Building to host 4-H Family Fun Fest

Looking for something to do as a family? How about attending the 4-H Family Fun Fest? From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Root Building, there will be activities and displays for youth in grades Kindergarten through grade 12. Come and check out what 4-H has to offer, as well as have an enjoyable time with your kids. You do not need to be enrolled in 4-H to attend. The event will be an open house format, so stop by at any time during the evening.

There will be something for everyone. From games to physical activity, science to cookie decorating, it will be fun for kids of all ages. Tonya Campbell, Rush County Family Nutrition Program Assistant, will be on hand with her information about health and nutrition as well as family Zumba. There will also be an assortment of 4-H projects on display for youth to explore what options are available through the 4-H program. Leaders from 4-H clubs will be available to meet and greet those in attendance, as well as share information about their 4-H club.

4-H is an informal, youth education program for youth in grades three through twelve. It focuses on the positive outcomes we desire for young people. It also focuses on mastery of competencies, which leads to productive adult life. One strength of the 4-H program is that it utilizes research-based curriculum.

4-H has several essential elements related to youth development. They are: Belonging - in which youth develop a positive relationship with a caring adult in a safe, inclusive environment; Mastery - in which youth are engaged in learning with the opportunity for mastery; Independence-an opportunity to see oneself as an active participant in the future while providing an opportunity for self-determination; and Generosity-in which youth have the chance to value and practice service for others.

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