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Grundy County youth celebrate National 4-H week

October 6, 2013
Reinbeck Courier

More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. Grundy County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the incredible 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

"4-H is fun and will teach you many life skills. It is a good way to meet new people and make friends that live in different communities than just the one you live in. 4-H will teach you to be a leader in your groups by taking part in meetings and other 4-H events. And most of all it is just plain fun!" Connor Noteboom, recent graduate and member of the Colfax Future Farmers

National 4-H Week Activities in Grundy County:

Sunday, October 6th 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 4-H Day at Barn Stahl Petting Zoo & Corn Maze

For each completed enrollment that day the owners will donate $1.00 back to Grundy County 4-H! Andrea will be available to help complete the 4honline enrollment from 2 p.m. -4 p.m.

Monday, October 7th GO GREEN! Wear your 4-H T-shirt to school!

Have your mom or dad take a picture and send it to Andrea at or share it on the Grundy County, Iowa Facebook site.

Tuesday, October 8th 4:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Record Book Work Night

Stop by and Enroll in 4-H! Bring your supplies and sit around the table to work on your 2012-2013 Record Book. Everyone who completes a book will receive a FREE Tshirt at the Awards Celebration which is sponsored by the 4-H & Youth Committee. Record Books are Due October 15th. Complete a book and be eligible for Award Selection. Yes, it can be done in one night! This is an open house setting you can come for an hour or stay the whole time. Forms are available on Look for the green record book cover.

Wednesday, October 9th Community Service Activity

Older 4-H'ers & Parents NEEDED! Meet at the Extension Office at 6:00 p.m. in Grundy Center. If you are available PLEASE RSVP.

Thursday, October 10th Girls Night out in Grundy Center from 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Mom's & Daughter's join us on main street Grundy Center!

Friday, October 11th 4-H & CY DAY FRIDAY! It's 4-H & CYCLONE Spirit Day! Office Open 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Get all dressed up to show your 4-H or CYCLONE Spirit! Stop by & get your picture taken! OR send us your pictures. Green Hair, Red & Gold Face Paint, 4-H or CYCLONE shirts! Go all out! We will vote on a Spirit Award! Stop by the Extension Office and sign up for 4-H. Take a tour of our office. Participate in a coloring contest. Enjoy a little Tailgate Party with cookies & juice!

Saturday, October 12th 4-H Day at Center Theatre in Grundy Center!

Celebrate with a movie on us! Come see the movie Paranorman on us! Invite your friends! Everyone is welcome! Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The movie is FREE. Bring money for your snacks. If you haven't completed your enrollment this is the last chance to get in on the FREE enrollment before midnight. Andrea will be available to help complete your enrollment!

If you are unable to attend any of the events feel free to stop by the Extension Office or call 319-824-6979. We would be happy to help you and answer questions!

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 4 times more likely to contribute to their communities,

Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors like, and two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps & Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map program as citizen scientists through The National Map Corps project.

Enrollment is FREE if you join by midnight on Saturday, October 12th, 2013. Contact Andrea at 319-824-6979 for more information.



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