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4-H in October!

There is so much to celebrate in 4-H in the month of OCTOBER!

This is the month we celebrate National 4-H Week, which provides the opportunity for youth, parents and volunteers from across the country to celebrate the nation’s most successful youth development program.

It is truly unbelievable how impactful 4-H is to so many lives all over the world, but in Florida alone in 2019 we reached over 198,000 youth, ages 5-18, through 4-H clubs, school enrichment, camping, school age child care programs with the help of more than 10,000 volunteers trained by Extension/4-H faculty statewide.

I am overjoyed to announce that the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners will be adopting a proclamation for 4H in celebration of National 4-H Week at the October Flagler County Commission meeting; we hope to see many 4-H members dressed in green!

We also have the opportunity to celebrate Fall Paper Clover in October, which is a partnership with Tractor Supply Company.

This partnership began with 4-H in 2010 and they have helped raise over $14 million through the Paper Clover fundraisers, which provided over 69,000 youth with hands-on learning experiences through projects in STEM, agriculture, healthy living, and civic engagement.

We encourage you to visit your local Tractor Supply store between 10/7/20 — 10/18/20 and donate to 4-H to support our very own 4-H members in Flagler County.

In additional to the celebratory 4-H events in October, we are also running full force into the 2020-21 year!

Last week was fair registration, which brought so much happiness to my heart!

One of my favorite things about 4-H is seeing our 4-H members raise their project animal(s) in preparation for the fair.

Anyone that is raising a steer or heifer has already started that process, pullets and rabbits start in October and pigs in December. With the past 7 months being very overwhelming and emotional for so many, I am hopeful that the remaining three months of 2020 are going to be amazing!

Contributed by Alisha Hutchinson, UF/IFAS Extension Flagler County 4-H Agent

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