More than 1,000 young people across Fulton County celebrated Ohio 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of March.
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are: nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors; two times more likely to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math programs in their out-of-school time.
In an effort to promote and celebrate 4-H in Fulton County, commissioners Jeff Rupp, Bill Rufenacht, and Jon Rupp officially proclaimed March 5-11, Fulton County 4-H Week. The theme for the week was “Discover Yourself in Fulton County 4-H.”
More than 1,000 4-H youth and 240 volunteers from the community are involved in 4-H. Current 4-H members were encouraged throughout the week, to thank 4-H supporters, encourage potential members to attend a meeting, wear 4-H apparel, make a poster about 4-H and display it within the community, and promote 4-H through positive social media postings.