Editor:

Opportunity for all!

4-H is not just for farm kids! 4-H is for all kids!

4-H grows confidence, creativity, curiosity, courage, character and so much more by teaching life skills through hands-on learning. Opportunities in 4-H come from the youth’s willingness to learn by doing and to make the best better.

Throughout my years in 4-H, from a member, to a leader, to being the Jones County 4-H program coordinator, people have told me 4-H is only for farm kids. 4-H is much more than exhibiting at the county fair! 4-H is pledging your head to clearer thinking, your heart to greater loyalty, your hands to larger service and your health to better living.

Help Jones County 4-H celebrate the opportunities for all that 4-H has to offer during National 4-h Week, Oct. 4-10.

4-H is active in each of Iowa’s 100 county extension districts and empowers youth to reach their full potential through many different types of experiences, including photography, music, woodworking, sewing, archery, communication, clothing, livestock, horticulture and so much more. Youth having fun while gaining valuable skills in communication and the arts, citizenship and leadership, science, technology, engineering and math, as well as healthy living and personal life management by being involved in 4-H.

As we celebrate, National 4-H Week, it is important to remember that 4-H has opportunities for all youth, whether living on a farm or living in a city.

In Jones County, more than 430 youth and 100 volunteers are involved in 4-H! Youth in grades kindergarten through third grade are welcome to join 4-H Clover Kids groups throughout the county. Youth in fourth through 12th grades are welcome to join a 4-H club in their community. Learn how you can join them by visiting our website at www.extension.iastate.edu/jones, call the Extension and Outreach Office at 319-465-3224, or visit us at 800 N. Maple St., Monticello IA 52310, on the fairgrounds.

Devan Cress

Jones County 4-H program coordinator

Anamosa

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