Fairfield County Awarded $2000 from National Raise Your Hand Initiative

Fairfield County youth programs are benefiting from Ohio’s recent victory in the national 4-H Raise Your Hand competition. As one of 35 counties with the highest participation, Fairfield received $2000 to use for local youth programs.

“We are very excited to have engaged, active alumni here in Fairfield County that are willing to step up as volunteers, project leaders, fair volunteers, judges, award sponsors, and more. These individuals are making a positive impact on over 1,300 youth in Fairfield County who are enrolled in 4-H Clubs,” said Leslie Cooksey, 4-H Extension Educator in Fairfield County.

The state won $20,000 after more than 11,800 Ohio 4-H alumni participated in the initiative by visiting 4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and let themselves be counted.

“This is great! The Raise Your Hand Campaign shows that many Ohioans have a strong, personal connection to 4-H,” Ohio 4-H Foundation Board President Dale Arnold said. “We look forward to working with them to enhance 4-H programs at local, regional and state levels.” This money will be put toward new signage on the 4-H Display Barn that you will see at the Fairfield County Fair, October 8-14, 2017 in Lancaster, Ohio.

About Ohio 4-H: 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. Last year, 183,000 individual Ohio youths participated in 4-H programs related to agricultural, STEM, citizenship and healthy lifestyles.

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