Wahkiakum County youth celebrate National 4-H Week
October 17, 2019
Across the country, National 4-H Week was celebrated October 6-12, during which millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country celebrated everything 4-H. Wahkiakum County 4-H observed National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.
The theme of this year’s National 4-H Week is Inspire Kids to Do, which highlights how 4-H encourages kids to take part in hands-on learning experiences in areas such as health, science, agriculture and civic engagement. The positive environment provided by 4-H mentors ensures that kids in every county and parish in the country from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles and are empowered with the skills to lead in life and career.
Wahkiakum County celebrates National 4-H Week with 4-H youth and volunteers and showcases their work on Wahkiakum 4-H’s Facebook page and later this month celebrating their successes at the End of Year Celebration, at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, October 26, noon to 2 p.m.
“Wahkiakum County has a strong tradition of 4-H, and home to the first 4-H club in the state in 1914 in Seal River. Family members of that original club membership are still active now,” said Carrie Backman, Wahkiakum County Extension director. “Our 4-H tradition of community service and youth development is strong in Wahkiakum County. We see the impact in our youths’ success at the state level and beyond, whether it be top honors for their projects at state fair or leadership in state 4-H responsibilities.”
Wahkiakum County 4-H youth pursue projects in a variety of arts, food activities, robotics, civic engagement activities, and animals of all kinds, led by community volunteers trained in positive youth development.
In Wahkiakum County nearly 50 4-H youth and more than 30 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 4-H National Youth Science Day, which sees hundreds of thousands of youth across the nation taking part in the world’s largest youth-led STEM challenge. The exciting theme for this year’s challenge is Game Changers, which will run throughout October. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, Game Changers will teach kids coding skills through fun exercises including gaming, puzzles and physical activity.
To learn more about how to get involved, visit http://www.4-h.org/.