ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The County Commissioners started the week off acknowledging the kickoff of Muskingum County 4-H Week.
The Commissioners presented Jamie McConnell and Stefanie Prevatt a certificate of proclamation for the week. They also raised a 4-H flag on the flagpole outside of the courthouse. McConnell said 4-H is a way for kids to learn life development skills.
“It’s a youth development organization. Non-formal education. So youth join a 4-H club. We have about 65 clubs spread all over Muskingum County and they have meetings throughout the year. They do community service projects. They do fundraisers.”
McConnell says 4-H offers more than just county fair and livestock projects. In fact, kids can get involved in cooking, cake decorating, STEM projects, and more. Kids as young as five can get their start in 4-H, but they have to eight years of age and in the third grade or nine years old to participate in projects.
“I think the most beneficial thing about 4-H is the life skills that kids develop. We see a lot of youth develop those public speaking skills. I know for me it’s not a big deal to do a T.V. interview because I grew up in 4-H talking in front of groups. It helps with job interview skills, organizational skills, time management. Just those life skills that you need to be a successful adult,” said McConnell
To celebrate 4-H week there will be a kickoff at Rolling Plains United Methodist Church Tuesday at 6 p.m. This will give families an opportunity to learn about the projects and get involved.
In addition to the kickoff meeting, the organization has launched a social media campaign for the week.
“We’re doing some things on social media because that’s where we feel we can do the most promotion. So we’ve got a Facebook photo challenge for the first time this week. So if you go to Muskingum County 4-H on Facebook, we’ve got an album there of our clubs who’s submitted photos,” said McConnell.
If you would like more information you can call the OSU extension office at 740-454-0144.