Morrill Tip-Top to hold food drive at Country Mart
Submitted by Carly Hartter, Reporter
For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13.
The Morrill Tip-Top 4-H Club will be distributing pencils and cards to each student attending Sabetha Elementary and Sabetha Middle Schools. These cards provide details about what 4-H offers students across the nation.
In Brown County, around 165 4-H youth and 60 adult volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H.
One of the most anticipated events of National 4-H Week every year is 48 Hours of 4-H, where hundreds of young people across Kansas taking part in youth-led community service projects.
In our community, Morrill Tip-Top 4-H club members have organized a food drive, and they would like the community help collect non-perishable food items for the Sabetha Food Pantry. It will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Garrett Country Mart.
4-H centers on projects. Members choose from a wide range of individual projects based on their interests. Through these projects, members set goals, learn the necessary skills and exhibit or demonstrate their skills at events like county fairs, speaking contests and competitions.
Some of the projects to choose from include the following: clothing and textiles, pet care, electricity, foods and nutrition, geology, livestock, leadership, photography, reading, robotics, rocketry, visual arts and crafts, woodworking and many more. For a full list of projects, visit www.kansas4-h.org. 4-H offers something for everyone.
Describing 4-H to be “a family commitment to be involved in teaching your children life skills,” said Anita Meyer, a mother of two Morrill Tip-Top members. “4-H has helped to build [our kids’] confidence in public speaking and learning leadership roles at a young age. It also has provided many opportunities for community service projects.”
One advantage of 4-H over other clubs is that it is family-centered instead of individual-oriented.
4-H alumni around the country are always the first to acknowledge the significant positive impact 4-H had on them as young people; the opportunities and experiences that 4-H provides youth empowers them to become true leaders. In fact, research has shown that young people in 4-H are almost four times as likely to contribute to their communities, and are twice as likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in their free time.
Kansas 4-H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. K-State Research and Extension 4-H Youth Development programs reach over 77,000 Kansas youth across all 105 counties. Youth collaborate with caring adult mentors to lead hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture and citizenship. Mentors provide a positive environment where youth learn by doing.
To join a 4-H club, become a 4-H volunteer or for more information, visit www.Kansas4-H.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/Kansas4H.
For more information about joining Morrill Tip-Top 4-H Club or to visit a monthly meeting, please contact Wanda Menold at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next monthly meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Morrill Community Building.