Cape May County 4-H Week planned

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Cape May County 4-H youth and volunteers will celebrate 4-H Week the first week of October with a family picnic, community service and the 4-H National Youth Science Experiment.

They will also celebrate a new theme: “4-H…Belong, Believe, Achieve.”

The annual 4-H Family Picnic, sponsored by the Cape May County 4-H Foundation Inc., will take place Sunday, Sept. 30, beginning at 2 p.m. The event, which is open to families not involved in 4-H as well, will take place on the 4-H Fairgrounds at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center, at 355 Court House-South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

Members of the 4-H Foundation will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, French fries and drinks. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

4-H teen ambassadors will offer children’s games, and special guest Mark Jacopec will lead a drum circle.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4-H youth will take part in a community service project at Crest Haven Nursing Home beginning at 2 p.m. 4-H members will spruce up the nursing home’s flower gardens, which are maintained by the 4-H Youth Development Program and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners, and plant mums for fall color.

Every October, National 4-H Council unveils a new “National Youth Science Experiment.” On Wednesday, Oct. 3, 4-H staff will take this year’s experiment, “The 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge,” to Glenwood Avenue Elementary School’s fourth grade in Wildwood. The National Science Experiment explores how robots can be used to preserve and protect the environment, while offering a glimpse into the future of science, technology, engineering and math. The experiment will also be offered to schools and youth groups throughout the county.

4-H staff members and volunteers will also visit Back to School Nights to spread the word about the 4-H program. The program is accepting applications for 4-H volunteers and club leaders.

4-H Agent Julie Karavan encourages adults to get involved.

“Founding a 4-H club was one of the best things I ever did for my son. By stepping up as 4-H volunteers, parents can make a difference in the lives of their own kids and in the lives of children throughout the community,” she said.

For more information, call 465-5115, ext. 605.

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