Rushville Republican

January 3, 2014

Root Building to host 4-H Family Fun Fest

Rushville Republican

---- — 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.

Through being involved with the 4-H program in the many projects offered, youth have the opportunity to have their needs met in positive ways, leading to becoming stronger more productive citizens.

Cloverbuds 4-H is a non-competitive experience for youth in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Rush County 4-H Cloverbuds have a variety of activities throughout the year and may exhibit a project of their choice at the Rush County Fair.

For more information about the 4-H Family Fun Fest please contact Kristie Amos, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator, at 932-5974 or, or in the Purdue Extension Office located on the first floor of the Rush County Courthouse. Be sure to “like” Purdue Extension Rush County on Facebook to keep up with 4-H information in Rush County. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Jan. 16.

—Rushville Republican