Extension education officials and more than 6-million young people from across the country are celebrating National 4-H week, which runs October 6th through the 12th. Beth Irlbeck, Cass County Extension Youth Coordinator says the week will be marked with of a lot of different activities.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation has dedicated each day to one of the four “H’s” of 4-H (Head, Heart, Health and Hands), with the final day celebrating the 4-H color, green. Irlbeck says area businesses are showing their support of the organization, through window displays created by several community clubs.
There are 15 4-H Clubs in Cass County, with more than 300 members and 30 volunteers. Cass County Extension will be hosting a coloring contest for all kindergarten through third grade youth. You can visit the extension’s website, download the coloring sheet and return it to the Extension Office. On Saturday, Oct. 12th, during Atlantic’s HarvestFest, there will be additional activities for youth, and opportunities to learn more about 4-H. Extension personnel will be available during the event, from 10-a.m. until 4-p.m. She says there’s also a petting zoo in the parking lot of the Orschelen’s Store on 7th Street in Atlantic this Saturday.
Irlbeck says one area 4-H has been focusing on recently, pertains to STEM. She says for the upcoming year, they plan on offering many great opportunities for youth in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – STEM. They’re also activities designed to expand on communication, citizenship, healthy lifestyles, leadership, and other important skills.
To find out more about the 4-H program in Cass County, contact the Cass County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-243-1132.