October 6-12 Is National 4-H WeekOct 10th, 2013 | By Submitted | Category: Community News
By Becky Bennett, 4-H Director
As most of you know, Oct. 6-12 is National 4-H Week this year. This is a wonderful time to promote 4-H in our community, recruit new members, and give our thanks for years of unfailing community support. We had a Early Release STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Workshop scheduled this week, but had to move it due to a change in the school calendar. The workshop will now be held on October 16 from 1:30-5 p.m. here at the Extension Office, $5 per youth, space is limited so encourage your club members to reserve their spot. To go along with our State 4-H community service theme “Serving Those Who Serve Us,” I am challenging each club to help Madison County 4-H collect items for military personnel care packages. We will be donating through The Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, Inc. Please note the Florida 4-H in no way endorses any programs of this sort; this organization is based in Florida and was chosen based on its credentials. Here’s what you will need to do: 1. Collection will run from now until Oct. 25. 2. Have your club choose two-three businesses/organizations in your community who will allow you to set up a collection box or bag. 3. Have youth approach the business to ask permission (remember this is their project) to leave the collection box with them until Oct. 25 at which time you will return to collect the box and its items (some businesses may request you leave it for a shorter period of time, please be accommodating with their requests and assure them they are not responsible for the items donated). 4. Print out the two attached documents and adhere them securely to the collection box (this has our logo and specific instructions for items that can be donated). 5. Distribute your boxes to the businesses. Photograph 4-H youth as they are doing this and send them to me along with a description of where they are at and who they are, the paper would like to cover this. 6. Collect your boxes by Oct. 25 and return them to me by Nov. 1. 7. County Council will package and mail off our collected items with a note from Madison County 4-H. Madison County 4-H will have a booth at the Downtown Halloween festivities on Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. If you have a Club representative that has not joined County Council, or who would just like to help the Council hand out candy, please let me know so I can send more details as I receive them.