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Over the next several weeks, the 4-H Teen Club will be making their annual request for community support of the Food for Kids Backpack program. Last year, many generous individuals and groups supported the program, and over 130 local students received backpack food on a weekly basis.
This year, the Washington County school numbers are quickly approaching last year’s level and will soon exceed the 130 mark. The partnership with Feeding America has been a successful way to purchase the backpack food at a minimal price, although the current process will be changing for the next school year. I will share more on that at a later date.
With the help of the Family Resource Centers at each school, the students in need are identified and parent permission forms are signed before the students receive the backpack food. The numbers are then turned in to Community Action who places the order with Feeding America since it must be done through a 501C3 organization.
Once the numbers have been confirmed, the 4-H Teen Club begins their fundraising drive. In the interim, funds raised by the Washington County Homemakers keeps the program going until the fund drive is complete.
As you can see, it takes a partnership of several organizations, community members willing to give and school support for this program to be successful. So, if you receive a letter requesting support or a visit by a 4-H Teen Club member over the next several weeks, please remember the difference it might make in a young person’s life.
4-H EXCHANGE CLUB
Washington County has a strong tradition in participating in the 4-H Cultural Exchange program. 4-H members and their families host 4-H members from another state then travel the following summer to stay with their host families. States visited in the past include Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and many others.
The club will reorganize for their next travel adventure on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office. Youth must be in the eighth grade through twelfth grade in order to participate. This is a two-year commitment by the 4-H family. For more information contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.
Project clubs continue to accept new members and several will be holding meetings in November. The 4-H Young Riders will meet on Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. at the extension office. The 4-H Spurs and Furs will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. also at the extension office.
4-H Sewing will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the extension office. This meeting will be the orientation for youth to find out what sewing projects will be completed this year. Parents are encouraged to attend if possible.