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4-H is a two-fold learning experience. Both the urban and rural youth of Clay County can learn and experience all the 4-H has to offer. It teaches practical and technical skills such as health and safety and space technology. It also teaches the life skills of decision making, relating to others, self understanding, and utilizing information. These and many other skills are taught to youth through over 70 projects and programs. The youth of the community are able to personalize the 4-H experience through choosing projects that fit their interests. What has your connection to 4-H been?

Think of what can you do to support 4-H in your community. If you are a youth in the community and are interested in learning leadership skills, maybe your connection could be becoming a member. If you are a parent or other adult in the community, you might be interested in becoming a club leader or volunteer for our local program. Maybe you are a member of our community that has a specialized skill that you could teach our 4-H youth.

Here in South Dakota one in five children are members of 4-H. Are you one of them? If you are, be proud. Tell people what 4-H has done for you. Help make that connection between your club, community, and world.

You can join the 4-H community today. To learn how to become a 4-H member or volunteer leader in Clay County, contact the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service at 677-7111 or

4-H is a community of more than seven million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Learn more about the 4-H adventure at

Now is the time to register for the "Spotlight on Leadership and Poverty" events being held across South Dakota in October. The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service, with funding through the Northwest Area Foundation, is sponsoring the daylong sessions, which are open to any community member in South Dakota. There is no cost to attend.

"The focus of the sessions will be highlighting educational resources the Extension Service can offer small rural communities in South Dakota," said Kari Fruechte, who works with community leadership development for the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service.

"Communities are encouraged to send a team of individuals to the Spotlight event in their region," Fruechte said. "There will be a variety of workshops from which to choose, as well as planning time for groups in the afternoon."

An event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, in Parker at the Parker Community Room.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the event concluding at 3:30 p.m. A light breakfast, full lunch, and snacks are provided free of charge.

Pre-registration is Oct. 10. To register or for more information, contact the West River Ag Center at (605) 394-2236 or Cheryl Jacobs at (605) 230-0077. Or e-mail Jacobs at

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