Clay County 4-H to hold Oct. 9 open house

Dressed in 4-H green, Strader Saucedo, 8, Ella Morris, 8, Joshua Saucedo, 10, and Natalie Lovenduski, 8, pose for a photo in Smithville’s Courtyard Park, located at the corner of Bridge and Main streets in downtown during the second day of the 2019 Clay County 4-H Fair on July 13.

KEARNEY — An open house for anyone interested in becoming involved in 4-H will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Firehouse Community Center, 106 S. Jefferson St.

Members and leaders of community clubs from across Clay County, including Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Kearney, Liberty and Smithville, will share their 4-H experiences and information about getting involved in 4-H.

"In 4‑H, kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles," states the website "Kids experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps."

Youth from age 5 to 18 participate in 4-H. From 5 to 7 years old, members are Clover Kids with their own curriculum to introduce them to 4-H principles and practices. Members 8 and older are 4-Hers who focus on project areas of their choosing under the guidance of volunteer mentors from the community.

Family members help out as 4-H group leaders, project leaders and meeting helpers.

Nationwide, 4-H has a network of 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4‑H professionals supporting and mentoring 6 million 4‑H'ers. In addition to community clubs in Clay County, there are several after-school clubs based at the elementary schools in the North Kansas City School District.

To find out more, contact Sarah Morefield, the 4-H youth development specialist in Clay County, by phone at 407-3490 or by email at

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