Enrollment is currently taking place for those interested in joining 4-H in Rush County.
4-H is a youth organization for those in grades 3 through 12. In order to help families understand the opportunities, an open house-style event titled “4-H Family Fun Fest” is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 in the Root Building on the Rush County Fairgrounds.
As part of this event, a wide range of projects will be on display to help families discover what activities they wish to be involved in.
4-H club leaders will be on hand to share meeting dates and times for their clubs, as well as to answer questions.
Tonya Campbell, Purdue Extension FNP Assistant, will also share information about nutrition and healthy living, while doing periodic “Zumba” sessions.
New this year will be the Purdue Extension Operation Military Kids mobile lab. Those present can use the lab to create greeting cards to send to service men and women who are deployed overseas. This is for any member of the community, so feel free to stop by and make a greeting card.
Those in grades K-2 who wish to participate in an informal 4-H experience may also attend and complete a craft and learn about enrolling in 4-H Cloverbuds. A cookie decorating station will also be available to those who would like to try their hand at decorating a cookie.
According to the National 4-H Council, 4-H has an expansive reach, serving youth in rural, urban and suburban communities in every state across the nation.
Youth currently in 4-H are tackling the nation’s top issues, from global food security, climate change and sustainable energy to childhood obesity and food safety.
4-H out-of-school programming, in-school enrichment programs, clubs and camps also offer a wide variety of science, engineering, technology and applied math educational opportunities – from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, environmental protection and computer science – to improve the nation’s ability to compete in key scientific fields and take on the leading challenges of the 21st century.
As the youth development program of the nation’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, “learn by doing” approach with proven results.
The 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, a longitudinal study conducted by the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University, shows youth engaged with 4-H are:
Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;
Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;
41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and
25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.
Anyone with questions about 4-H or the 4-H Family Fun Fest can contact the Purdue Extension Office, located in Room 103 of the Rush County Courthouse, at 765-932-5974 or email Kristie Amos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online enrollment is available at www.purdue.edu/rush.
- Rushville Republican