Pictured is 4-H member David May of the Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club with Van Wert County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger, Stan Owens, and Todd Wolfrum. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Pictured is 4-H member David May of the Ohio City Blue Ribbon Workers 4-H Club with Van Wert County Commissioners Thad Lichtensteiger, Stan Owens, and Todd Wolfrum. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Commissioners declared this week, March 10-16, 2019, as Van Wert County 4-H Week. The proclamation kicks off a number of events and promotion that will cover the area in the following weeks.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can call the Ohio State University Extension Office at 419-238-1214. The 4-H Buckeye Ambassadors will be hosting a 4-H Project Carnival on Sunday, March 31, 2019, from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Extension Office with activities, information, projects on showcase and links to community partnerships. The event is free and open to anyone interested in joining 4-H.

Ohio 4-H membership is based on a child’s age and grade as of Jan. 1 of the current project year. Eligibility for Cloverbud participation begins when a child is enrolled in Kindergarten and is five years old. Eligibility for participation in 4-H projects and competitive events begins when a child is age 8 and in the third grade. Any youth age 9 or above is eligible for project membership, regardless of grade level.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. What does that mean? 4-H is committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. The program wants to empower all youth to reach their full potential.