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Observe National 4-H Week
michelle beran
Michelle Beran

As we get closer to National 4-H Week, which is Oct. 4-10, I wanted to share an important part of 4-H which is community service. In our 4-H Pledge, the third line states “I pledge my hands to larger service.”

Each year, 4-H clubs across Kansas participate in an activity called 48 Hours of 4-H and we use the social media tag of #484h (hashtag 48 4 H). This year, members of the 11 4-H clubs in Barton County will be meeting at the old 4-H buildings between Hoisington and Great Bend on Oct. 4 to spend several hours cleaning the grounds and buildings under the direction of the 4-H Holding Board. These buildings are used for club meetings, shooting sports practices, and are available for rent to the public. In addition, many of the clubs will have separate club service projects during National 4-H Week.

The new 4-H year begins Oct. 1 and the Cottonwood Extension Office can provide more information about joining 4-H! 

For an important date to add to your calendar, the 4-H BBQ has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 11 with serving in a drive-through format from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each meal will cost $8 and include barbecue beef or pork, baked beans, and cole slaw. We will not be selling advance tickets this year. The proceeds of the 4-H BBQ help provide event scholarships and funds for learning activities for youth in Barton County. Please plan to join us!

Keep learning. Keep showing grace and kindness!

Michelle Beran is the 4-H Youth Development Agent in the Cottonwood Extension District. For more information on this article or other 4-H Youth Development resources, email Michelle at or call 620-793-1910.