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Midway District Youth Celebrate National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week 2013More than 6 million young people across the country today will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October.

Midway Extension District-Russell 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the things the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights the 4-H young people who each day work to a make a positive impact on their community.

Midway-Russell has painted its annual 4-H Clover on Main Street's in Russell and Gorham this year, as well as some window displays to showcase its 4-H Clubs.

Midway District 4-H Agent Dusti Lynne Betts said, "We want to focus on keeping the traditions of each program and enhance the project areas that the youth are excited and interested in. A great advantage of being a district is utilizing those volunteers that have expertise in different project areas."

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

  • Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in out-of-school time.

In the Midway District, more than 140 4-H members and numerous volunteers are involved in 4-H.

Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day, which will be held on Wednesday, October 9.

The 2013 National Science Experiment, 4-H Maps and Apps, will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems (GIS) and geographic positioning systems (GPS) as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Map Program as citizen scientists through the National Map Corps Project.

For more information about 4-H National Youth Science Day, visit www.4-h.org/nysd.

Contact 4-H Youth Development Agent Betts at the Russell County Courthouse for more information about the Midway Extension District.

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