Preparing for 2020 National 4-H Week

— Written By Sarah Kocher
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National 4-H Week is October 4-10.

National 4-H Week is October 4-10, 2020.

This will be a week for fun, connection and celebration! It’s also a time to share about 4-H and make a positive impact in our community.

Why is there a National 4-H Week?

Some history, according to the National 4-H History Preservation Team…
“What is now know as National 4-H Week began as an outgrowth of World War II. Following Pearl Harbor, it was decided to postpone holding the National 4-H Camp in Washington, D.C., until the cessation of hostilities. W. H. Palmer, State 4-H Leader in Ohio, soon after announced plans for a State 4-H Mobilization Week for Ohio as a means of focusing the attention of 4-H members on what they might do for national defense. This idea met with favorable response by State leaders throughout the country. As a result, the Federal Extension Service initiated National 4-H Mobilization Week which was observed annually in 1942, 1943 and 1944. The following year and each year since, it has been observed as National 4-H Week.
“After the war, when the National 4-H Mobilization Week became National 4-H Week, the purpose of the Week centered on (1) acquainting the public with the new, enlarged 4-H program, and the many ways young people may take part, (2) encourage more youth to join 4-H, (3) urge more men and women to volunteer as 4-H leaders, (4) recognize parents’ contribution to 4-H and strengthen their cooperation, and (5) report the year’s 4-H accomplishments and plan for the year ahead.
“Beginning in 1968, National 4-H Week is now observed the first full week of October, beginning with the first Sunday of October.”

Ways to Celebrate

top 10 ways to celebrate National 4-H Week

Here are my TOP 10 ways to celebrate National 4-H Week:

10. Post on social media about why you enjoy 4-H.

9. Decorate a hay bale for your yard or a sign to hang in a window, celebrating National 4-H Week.

8. Write down your all-time favorite 4-H memories in a journal.

7. Evaluate your current 4-H project goals and make a plan for how to reach them by the end of the year.

6. Do an activity related to your favorite 4-H project, and take a picture for your project record.

5. Organize a 4-H bake-a-thon or care package team, and distribute the cookies/goods to those who support your local community like police officers, fire fighters, and teachers.

4. Participate in another community service project.

3. Wear green or something with the 4-H emblem on Wednesday, October 7. It can be an easy way to bring up 4-H with your friends when you do No. 1.

2. Write a thank you note to your Club Leader or Project Helper.

*drumroll* The top way to celebrate National 4-H Week is…

1. Tell a friend about 4-H!

That was my TOP 10, but how will you work “To Make the Best Better” during National 4-H Week this year?