ELIZABETHTOWN — Local 4-H Agent Stacie Kinlaw presented a class champion ribbon to Gary Arsenault, the manager, and other staff of Elizabethtown’s Tractor Supply Store in recognition for their efforts during last fall’s 4-H Paper Clover Campaign.
This bi-annual fundraising event is a partnership between National 4-H Council with Tractor Supply Company. This event marked the fourth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located.
The fall 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign took place Oct. 9-20. Shoppers at the store had the opportunity to support 4-H in Bladen County by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All money raised was donated to 4-H, and help support 4-H in Bladen County. The Fall 2013 campaign raised more than $600,00 nationally to support 4-H.
The local Elizabethtown Store raised more than $300 in support of the cause. As a result, they achieved recognition as a class champion in the state of North Carolina.
In just four years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H across the country. All proceeds raised directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent of funds being returned to state and local 4-H programs. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events that youth can explore their interests in everything from animal science to robotics.
“Our Paper Clover efforts are one of the key ways our stores can give back to the community,” said John Wendler, senior vice president of Marketing for Tractor Supply Company. “By providing essential funding for hundreds of thousands of 4-H young people, we are able to support local organizations that are important to both our customer and our Team Members. We’re proud to help improve the many communities in which we have stores through our partnership with 4-H.That is what Tractor Supply is all about.”
Money donated during the national campaign were tracked online and recorded by state and by store. Visit www.tractorsupply.com/4-H, for more information on the results of the Fall 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign and to view the donation tracker.
For information about Bladen County’s 4-H Youth Development programming, contact Kinlaw at N.C. Cooperative Extension 910-862-4591 or by email at Stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu.