2013 4-H recruitment is under way

Recruitment for the 2013 Huntington County 4-H program is under way.

4-H is a volunteer youth development and education program coordinated by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service. Its primary objectives are to assist young people in acquiring knowledge, skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities.

The 2013 Huntington County 4-H program has scheduled call-out meetings to help families learn more about the county 4-H program during the month of January.

Information about the county 4-H program and local 4-H clubs will be shared by 4-H club leaders at open houses around the county. Samples of the 4-H project manuals will be available to view.  Youth
will have the opportunity to enroll online during the events.

Open houses include:

• Sunday, Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m., Heritage Hall, Hier's Park, 547 S. Briant St., Huntington.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Roanoke Elementary School cafeteria, 423 W. Vine St., Roanoke.

Printed information about the Huntington County 4-H program was distributed through the elementary schools in Huntington County during the week of Jan. 14 to all third, fourth and fifth grade students.

The interest form may be returned to the child's elementary school office, mailed to the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office or brought to one of the 4-H open houses at noted above.

Youth not attending the open houses may enroll at the Extension Office or online at www.extension.purdue.edu/huntington.

Last year in Huntington County, 1,024 youth in grades K-12 were involved in community based 4-H clubs. A wide range of learning opportunities are available, including such topics as aerospace, agriculture, consumer clothing, computers, electricity, foods, home environment, photography, reading, shooting sports, and woodworking.

In Huntington County, nearly 50 projects will be offered for 2013.

Contact the Purdue Extension - Huntington County office at 358-4826, located in the County Courthouse Annex Building, 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 202, Huntington; or contact Julia Miller, 4-H youth development Extension educator, at jwickert@purdue.edu.