Frontier Extension District youth to celebrate National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13, 2018. This year’s theme, Inspire Kids to Do, is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

Throughout National 4-H Week, Osage County 4-H members will showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences, and highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

To highlight one project in Frontier Extension District, here’s what Lynnea Nelson had to say about her wildlife project.

“The purpose of my 4-H project is to educate Kansans on the dangers to wildlife of fishing line left in the environment. Additional goals include raising money for, building and distributing monofilament recycling bins around Kansas at all lakes and waterways. To accomplish the goals of my project I have raised money, built, installed, and monitored bins. A journal of my work is available upon request. I have had 10 meetings with individuals or organizations interested in supporting Cast It In, Kansas Edition.  I have obtained grants from Burroughs Audubon, Sperry-Gallager Audubon, Wichita Audubon, Topeka Audubon, PIG Difference and Chickadee Checkoff funds. I have installed or given bins to be installed at six northeast Kansas area lakes. Permission has been granted for bins to be installed at an additional three northeast Kansas area lakes. I have been interviewed six times with articles being published in three different publications and air time on WIBW TV. As of the presentation of this abstract, over 1.2 miles of fishing line has been collected for recycling. Much work remains to be done, but a start has been made.” – Lynnea Nelson

4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact that 4-H had on them as young people. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are nearly four times as likely to contribute to their communities and are twice as likely to engage in science, technology, engineering and math programs during after school time.

In Frontier Extension District, more than 600 4-H youth and 250 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.

To learn more about joining 4-H or becoming a Kansas 4-H volunteer, visit www.Kansas4-H.org. For more information about local 4-H clubs, contact Jessica Flory, Frontier Extension District 4-H program assistant, at 785-828-4438 or [email protected].

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