ELIZABETHTOWN — More than 6 million young people across the country have been celebrating National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October.
During this week, Bladen County 4-H will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community.
Bladen County kicked off the week on Monday with a monthly meeting of the Green Team 4-H Club. Then all of the county 4-Her’s were encouraged to attend the Bladen County Commissioners meeting on Monday, where Bladen County 4-H President Emily Barnes, a senior at East Bladen High School, lead the Pledge of Allegiance for the crowd assembled. Later in the agenda, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Russell Priest presented Barnes and the other 4-Her’s with a proclamation signed recognizing Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week in Bladen County.
Wednesday kicked off the 4-H Clover Sale at the local Tractor Supply store. Clovers will be available for a $1 donation at checkout through Oct. 16. Additionally, 4-H partnered with other N.C. Cooperative Extension programs and supporters to bring Ag ‘Em Up Field Days to third-grade classes across Bladen County.
“Our programs and activities continue to grow in Bladen County 4-H,” said Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H agent. “We continue to focus our programming efforts toward improving health and nutrition through education and opportunity and increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Bladen County’s youth as a strategy to prepare them for careers beyond high school.”
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
— Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities
— Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors
— Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time
In Bladen County, more than 150 4-H youth, around 1,000 other youth, and at least 50 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. To find out what is going on in the local 4-H programs, please check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BladenCounty4H or call or email the local 4-H agent at Stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu or call 910-862-4591.