Union County 4-H Clubs gear up for a new season

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The fun starts once again for students in grades 1-12 as Union County 4-H Clubs gear up for a new season. Along with favorites like Archery and Lego Robotics, Union County 4-H is launching a new Engineering Club and a new Anime Club this year.

Parents and students can meet the 4-H Club leaders, learn more about the clubs, and sign up at this year’s annual 4-H Open House, set for Friday September 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Union County Colleen Fraser Building, 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

The 4-H Clubs encourage young people to explore their interests in a fun, supportive atmosphere while building life skills and connecting with the community, in an enriching after school environment.

The Union County 4-H Clubs are run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by taxpayer funds provided by the county.

4-H belongs to a 100-year American tradition established by the U.S Department of Agriculture, originally meant to help rural communities connect with useful information about agriculture and family health.

The program has kept pace with the nation’s shift to urban and suburban life, using popular activities to help youngsters to engage in civic affairs and develop related skills such as teamwork, organization, and public speaking.

In Union County, the current 4-H slate includes new clubs like Anime, Lego Robotics, Living History, S.T.E.M., and Fashion Design as well as horticulture, cooking, archery, and other traditional offerings.

Students can also join a Variety Club and explore topics of their own creation, under the guidance of their club leader. Older students can join the Teen Council, which plans and conducts community service programs throughout Union County.

“The familiar 4-H ‘Head, Heart, Hands, and Health’ motto refers to the guiding principles of clear thinking, kindness and loyalty, community service, and healthy living,” said Hudak. “These are universal values and the Freeholder Board is very proud to support the 4-H Clubs and the Extension.”

For more information about the Open House and this year’s lineup of 4-H Clubs contact Union County 4-H Agent James Nichnadowicz at 908-654-9854 or jnichnadowicz@ucnj.org, or visit online at ucnj.org/rce.


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