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April 9, 2003

Indiana 4-Hers making a difference through service

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – More than 2,500 Indiana 4-H members will promote community service through projects on April 11-13 as part of National Youth Service Day, a program of Youth Service America.

National Youth Service Day is a public awareness and education campaign that highlights the contributions youth make to their communities 365 days a year. Carl Broady, Purdue Extension 4-H youth specialist, said he believes service is important for youths.

"Community service and service-learning projects are great for youth, for it makes them feel good about themselves and gives them a sense of belonging to their community," Broady said.

4-Hers will participate in community service projects and events, coordinate volunteer recruitment and provide local outreach.

Participating counties and programs include:

  • The Hartford Happy Go Lucky 4-H Club of Adams County will have an all-night sew-a-thon of baby blankets for Riley Hospital patients.

  • The Putnam County 4-H Junior Leaders will plant flowers and shrubs around the courthouse square in Greencastle.

  • The Warrick County 4-H Junior Leaders will collect school supplies and assemble kits for low-income children.

  • Shelbyville High School in Shelby County will host a workshop to help middle- and high-schoolers choose career options.

  • The Sullivan County 4-H Junior Leaders will assemble Easter goodie bags of classroom supplies for the Head Start program.

  • The Owen County 4-H Fishing Club will visit a nursing home and collect school supplies for a school in Honduras.

  • The Vigo County 4-H Junior Leaders will provide food and supplies for runners in Relay for Life, a cancer fund-raising event.

  • The Perry County 4-H Junior Leaders will participate in the March of Dimes Walk.

  • The Demotte 4-H Club in Jasper County will have a knapsack drive for Stand Up for Kids, collect donations for March of Dimes, gather supplies for an animal shelter and have a paperback book drive to collect books for soldiers.

    To learn about programs in these counties, contact your county Purdue Extension office or Carl Broady at (765) 494-8435, 1-888-EXT-INFO.

    Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402, news-stories@purdue.edu

    Source: Carl Broady, (765) 494-8435, broady@purdue.edu

    Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/


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