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National 4-H Week and Paper Clover Campaign

For the 79th consecutive year, millions of youths, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week from October 2-8. This year's theme, Opportunity 4All, is a campaign that will bring awareness to the importance that all youth have access to programs in a safe environment with a caring adult to build life skills. Youth success time and again has as a number one criterion for youth to have a caring adult who continually invests in their livelihood. In 4-H we believe in the power of youth and see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. Our 4-H volunteers in some cases may be the primary caring adult for a child empowering the child to have awareness of their value, strengths and influence.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities. As an early kickoff to National 4-H Week, the local program plans to have a presence at the First Friday event on October 7 on the courthouse square. Come out and see us!

Once again, the 4-H enrollment window for all of Indiana’s grade 3-12 youth will occur between October 1 and January 15 to assure the availability of all project activities. One may enroll by going to and additional information will be posted during the month on the local Purdue Extension Putnam County website. Specific exhibit details will be provided by January. Additionally, Extension staff plan to conduct school visits to all third-grade classrooms throughout the county in October and November.

Also, in conjunction with National 4-H Week, like all Tractor Supply Stores (TSC), locally the TSC store will host the Fall Paper Clover event in the store and online during October 5th through October 16th! The Putnam 4-H program thanks the local store management for this ongoing promotion since 2010 and the funds that support local 4-H youth! Customers for $1 may purchase a paper clover and place names, etc. on the clover to be posted in the store. As a reminder, 90% of the funds raised are returned to the local 4-H program to support youth/teen participation in leadership or camping opportunities. These include Teens as Teacher training, 4-H Camp, 4-H Roundup, 4-H Academy and other statewide 4-H activities and can include transportation expenses.

Visit our homepage at or you can contact the local office by calling 765.653.8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm. Evening and lunch appointments are available, upon request. It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time. Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming events

Sept. 9, 15, 22, 29 & Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Fall Walking group, 9:00am, Big Walnut Sports Park

Sept. 21 – Garden Manure Pollinators & More, 6:00 pm, DePauw University Ullem Campus
                  Farm, Register at

Sept. 26 – Invasive Species Virtual Series, 6:30-8:30 pm, $10, Register by calling

Sept. 27 – Train your Brain program, 6:00pm, Fairgrounds, register at 765-653-8411

Oct. 10 – Extension Office closed Columbus Day holiday





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