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Columbiana County celebrates Ohio 4-H Week

Alayna Chlebus, 4-H Scouts 4-H Club with her cake decorating project. (Submitted photo)
Amelia David, Can Do Country Kids 4-H Club, practicing Rabbit Skillathon. (Submitted photo)
Allie Boyd, Country Hands 4-H Club, participating in the 4-H Cloverbud-Safety Poster Contest. (Submitted photo)
Megan Chludzinski with state senator Mike Rulli. Megan was nominated through the 4-H Program and was selected to participate in the Ohio Youth Capitol Challenge. She is representing Columbiana County in Columbus. Megan is in the Can Do County Kids 4-H Club. (Submitted photo)

Since 1902, youth in Ohio 4-H clubs have followed the motto to “make the best better” and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recognized the impact of 4-H by proclaiming March 8-14, Ohio 4-H Week.

In Columbiana County, more than 1,000 youth participate in 4-H. “Most of our members are in traditional community clubs with projects that range from livestock to a multitude of still projects. Some youth get to experience the non-traditional side of 4-H by participating in in-school and after school programming that is being offered throughout the county” said Audrey Dimmerling, Columbiana County Extension Educator. “We also have teen leaders who are participating in Jr. Leaders and Jr. Fairboard. Theses youth leaders are giving back to the program and the community through participation in county and state level events.”

According to Dr. Kirk Bloir, Assistant Director, OSU Extension, State 4-H Leader, 4-H helps youth develop important life skills. “Youth in 4-H are more likely to be active in their communities, make healthy choices and look for higher education opportunities,” said Bloir.

Volunteers are a vital part of 4-H sharing their time and expertise to help youth succeed. In Columbiana County, there are 165 volunteers who assist with programs, camps, fairs, committees and serve as club advisors. Ohio 4-H volunteers will be recognized on March 14 at the Ohio 4-H Conference in Columbus.

The Ohio 4-H Youth Development program is part of Ohio State University Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. More than 171,000 youth participate in 4-H clubs, camps and school enrichment programs.

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