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Meeker County 4-H'ers celebrate National 4-H Week

Oct. 4-9 was National 4-H Week, and Meeker County celebrated it by doing a number of things. First of all, seven clubs created window displays in local businesses throughout the county that promoted 4-H. During the week, local 4-H youth connected with the community by visiting all third grade classes at the following schools: Dassel Elementary, Eden Valley Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City North Elementary (Atwater), Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City South Elementary (Cosmos), and St. Phillip's School (Litchfield). This accounted for nearly 400 students. While visiting the third graders throughout Meeker County, older 4-H'ers shared their knowledge and enthusiasm, as well as handed out stickers, coloring sheets, pencils and 4-H brochures.

Meeker County 4-H Ambassadors were featured on Newsmaker on KLFD radio, AM 1410, at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

We ended our 4-H celebrations with our annual awards celebration, which was held Sunday, Oct. 10.

4-H is Minnesota's only youth development program directly connected to the technological advances and latest research of the University of Minnesota. 4-H members learn leadership, citizenship, and life skills through hands-on projects in science, foods and nutrition, healthy living, citizenship, and many others. Topics are as varied as rocketry, arts and crafts, public speaking, photography, nutrition, and community service.

4-H helps our community's young people reach their full potential. Recent studies show youth who participate in 4-H do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things, achieve a sense of self-esteem, and develop lasting friendships.

In Meeker County, more than 400 4-H members and 135 volunteers are involved in 4-H. 4-H is open to anyone grades K-13 (college freshman). 4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in America with more than 6.5 million young people ages 5-19; 538,000 volunteers; 3,500 staff; and 60 million alumni.

4-H is a community where more than 6.5 million young people learn leadership, citizenship and life skills. Learn more about the 4-H adventure at:, or

You can join the 4-H community today. To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Meeker County, contact Darcy Cole, 4-H Program Coordinator, at University of Minnesota Extension, Meeker County at (320) 693-5275, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .