More than 6 million young people across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which will take place Oct. 7-13. Meeker County 4-H uses National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and to highlight the incredible young people who work each day to a make a positive impact on their community.
During 4-H week, local clubs will create window displays at local schools and business throughout the county that promoted 4-H. Local 4-H youth, volunteers, and staff will also connect with their communities by visiting third-grade students across the county to share their enthusiasm and passion for 4-H. Meeker County 4-H Ambassadors will also be featured on newsmaker on KLFD radio, AM 1410, Monday, Oct. 7. Listen for daily 4-H school and radio announcements. All of these activities will expose potential new audiences to our wonderful program and also help develop leadership skills in our young people. We will end our 4-H celebrations with our annual awards celebration held on Oct. 13.
Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum, and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep, are encouraged to attend the upcoming Discovery Day on Friday, Oct. 4. Students currently in grades 5-11 are welcome to attend classes, meet the teachers and students, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the St. John’s Prep community. Parents are also invited to attend information session with administrators of the school.
Guest students arrive before 8 a.m. and are matched with a “host” student for the day. The Middle School (for incoming grades 6-8) Discovery Day ends after lunch at approximately 12:30 p.m. For the Upper School (for incoming grades 9-12), Discovery Day guests are invited to spend the entire day in classes.
Registration for Discovery Day is required. Call us today at (320) 363-3321. Due to limited space, we encourage interested families to apply now for the 2014-15 academic year.
Founded in 1857, St. John’s Prep is a Catholic/Benedictine, co-ed, private day and boarding school, providing students of all faiths in grades 6-12, with a college-preparatory curriculum. For more information, visit www.sjprep.net, or call (320) 363-3321.
The Valley Victors 4-H came to Hilltop Health Care Center in August to bring up farm animals for the residents to see. They had a variety of animals, including a calf, goats, sheep, rabbits, chicks and a dog. The residents enjoyed petting and holding them. Several of the animals were shown at the Meeker County Fair.
Meeker County 4-H’ers participate in state 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational
The 2013 Minnesota 4-H State Shooting Sports & Wildlife Invitational was held in Alexandria in Douglas County Sept. 6-8. From 51 counties, 746 youth participated in the following events: BB gun, Standard Air Rifle, 3 Position Air Rifle, Air Pistol, .22 Rifle, Muzzleloading, Trap, Silhouette, Wildlife Calling, Skill-a-thon and Conservation/Wildlife Displays throughout the weekend. Youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills that have been learned throughout the past year, as they spent 15 or more hours working with a trained 4-H instructor in their discipline(s) of interest. Each county exhibits a conservation and wildlife project completed by its county’s participants. This year’s project from Meeker County was based on the bird feeder project that our 4-H’ers led at County Fair. This project received 90 out of a 100 possible points. This was the second year that Meeker County 4-H’ers have participated in the event.
Hundreds of Minnesota 4-H’ers spent their summer evenings looking at dairy cattle in an effort to determine the best animal and the reason to place one animal over another. Experience in judging livestock helps a participant select future projects and replacements for their own herd ventures. The judging experience truly helps 4-H members base their decisions on sound reasons and implement several new life skills. The intermediate dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 6th – 8th grade. This year, there were 48 participants from 13 teams competing in the intermediate dairy judging contest. The senior dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 9th grade – one year post-high school. This year, there were 63 individuals representing 14 teams competing in the senior dairy judging contest.