(10/05/2011)

Calhoun County WVU Extension Service is proud to participate in National 4-H Week.

"One in four West Virginia youths in third grade through high school participate in a 4-H program," said Debbie McDonald, director of West Virginia 4-H Youth Development programs. "When you have that level of participation in a state it shows you that this program continues to be interesting and relevant to today's youths."

4-H is a free, youth development program open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 21. In many areas, children as young as 5 are able to join a pre-4-H program called Cloverbuds. At the other end of the spectrum, there are active collegiate 4-H clubs at seven West Virginia colleges and universities.

The program focuses on Head, Heart, Hands and Health. The overall goals are to develop life and leadership skills; building self-esteem and character; fostering citizenship and service and teaching healthy habits.

"What helps make our program unique is that everyone is welcome," McDonald said. "There is no academic or financial requirement to join 4-H. Joining can be as simple as contacting your local WVU Extension Service office."

Calhoun County currently has 9 active 4-H clubs which include:

Arnoldsburg Eagles: Crystal Brenneman...304-655-7647

Arnoldsburg Cloverbuds: Julie Beckner...304-354-9443

Southern Calhoun Cougars: Shelley Goad...304-549-4545

Mt. Zion Cardinals: David Weaver...304-354-6217

Grantsville Guppies: Sandy McCumbers...304-354-6433

Pleasant Hill Corn Poppers: Donna Yoak...304-354-6056

Pleasant Hill Cloverbuds: Tanya Cunningham...304-354-9672

Silver Spurs Horse Club: Lisa Page...304-655-8020

Teen Leaders: Kevin Cunningham...304-354-7159

UPCOMING COUNTY EVENTS (dates to be announced) 4-H Halloween Party; 4-H Up All Night (December)

If you want to belong to something that's fun and exciting, join 4-H today.

For more information, contact Calhoun County WVU Extension Office, 304-354-6332.


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