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 4-h.org. "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 morefieldsa@missouri.edu.

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