Looking for something to celebrate? Family Day was Sept. 24, but it’s a celebration that lasts all year. Celebrate the positive influence that parents (and all adults) have on kids. Share meals, play games and read together, help with homework and school projects, ask about their day, work together, join 4-H … these things will boost a child’s development and create strong, healthy relationships. The earlier you start connecting with kids, the better. Research shows that children with hands-on parents are more likely to stay substance free. Parental engagement matters! Strong and engaged families create happier homes, great schools and communities.

 Records and awards due Oct. 1

Years from now when the banners are packed into boxes and trophies are dusty on the shelves, you will pick up the memories, hold them close, and realize they are what really mattered. 4-H families, clubs, volunteers, memories, fun, and learning… 4-H offers the tools to record memories in the Career Portfolio and the new Achievement Application. 4-H members have talent and it’s time to fill out and submit your record form and apply for awards by October 1. We offer a club reward of 100 percent completion and new member reward of a $50 gift card, a drawing of all youth who submit your record form. Website: gage.unl.edu. Finish strong!

National 4-H Week

4-H has a strong, rich history... life changing for many youth, families and adult volunteers. We celebrate the difference it makes in the lives of youth. We celebrate life skills learned. We celebrate career choices from project experiences. We celebrate character development. We celebrate relationships with youth of all ages and adults of all ages. We celebrate 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12, with contests in photography, art and writing, Wednesday Spirit Day (wear your 4-H t-shirt), attitude of gratitude, and conclude the week with 24 hours of service. “Inspire Kids to Do” is the goal of Gage County 4-H. Kids are inspired through project work, learning life skills, making a difference in our community. We celebrate strong 4-H members, families, volunteers, business partners and 4-H supporters for working with us to grow great kids, families and communities. Thank you for your commitment and resources. Know a 4-H member, parent, volunteer or club, give them a high five, as youth learn life skills, strong work ethic and good character, give leadership and make a difference in our community. Share your 4-H pride in October and all year.

 TSC Paper Clover campaign

Help support Nebraska 4-H during the Fall TSC Paper Clover Drive, Oct. 9-20. Stop by our local Tractor Supply Store, pick up your feed, gifts, yard items, and add one dollar (or more) at check out. Might also be a good time to check out their holiday merchandise.

 N|150 Display at the library

Gage County Extension is proud to host the N|150 display celebrating 150 years of the University of Nebraska, on display at the Beatrice Public Library, Oct. 5-19. In addition, we host an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to noon with Extension and 4-H information, prizes and refreshments. Hope you can join us!

National Youth Science Day

Explore the exciting world of computer science, kids ages 9-15, join Jacie for Game Changers, the 2019 4-H National Youth Science Day challenge, Saturday, October 12, 1-4 p.m., Beatrice Public Library. Fee: $10. Register online: www.gagegamechangers.eventbrite.com

Go Green with 4-H

4-H offers a wide variety of opportunities for youth to discover the world, community and themselves. Gage County 4-H is open to youth, age 8 through age 18, with over 100 projects. In 4-H, youth develop life skills, character, leadership and citizenship. Youth make their own choices and set their own goals. Minimum club size is 5 members, with clubs lead by volunteer adults. Parents are encouraged to attend meetings and activities. If you have a group of friends and you would like to organize a club or just volunteer your time, contact the Extension Office, 402-223-1384, or email jesau2@unl.edu.

Not old enough for 4-H? Join Clover Kids, kids ages 5-7. The fun starts here for future 4-H members. Online enrollment for 4-H members, Clover Kids, and adult volunteers: https://ne.4honline.com. Deadline is May 1. Learn green. Laugh green. Love green. Green is a good color – for you and for me!

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