National 4-H Week and Paper Clover Campaign

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

For the 77th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country are celebrating National 4-H Week from Oct. 4-10.

This year’s theme, Opportunity4All, is a campaign seeking to give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and their career.

4-H was founded on the belief that when kids are empowered to pursue their passions and chart their own course, their unique skills grow and take shape, helping them to become true leaders in their lives, careers and communities.

Once again, the 4-H enrollment window for all of Indiana’s grade 3-12 youth opens now in October and runs through Jan. 15 to assure the availability of all project activities. One may enroll by going to

Additional information will be posted during the month on the local Purdue Extension-Putnam County website. Specific exhibit details will be provided by January. Additionally, Extension staffers are hoping to provide enrollment material in person or virtually to all third grade classrooms throughout the county in October and November.

Also, in conjunction with National 4-H Week, like all Tractor Supply Stores (TSC), locally the TSC store will host the Fall Paper Clover event in the store and online from Oct. 7 through 18. The Putnam 4-H program thanks the local store management for this ongoing promotion and the funds that support local 4-H youth. For $1, customers may purchase a paper clover and place names, etc. on the clover to be posted in the store.

As a reminder, 90 percent of the funds raised are returned to the local 4-H program to support youth/teen participation in leadership or camping opportunities. These include Teens as Teacher training, 4-H Camp, 4-H Roundup, 4-H Academy and other statewide 4-H activities and can include transportation expenses.

Due to COVID, 4-H clubs and groups are asked to not participate with in-store events this year. One may participate online or through the TSC app on their mobile device. Also donations can be made in the store.

Visit or contact the local Purdue Extension office by calling 653-8411 for more information regarding this week’s column topic or to RSVP for upcoming events.

It is always best to call first to assure items are ready when you arrive and to RSVP for programs. While many publications are free, some do have a fee. All times listed are Eastern Time.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 4-10 – National 4-H Week

Oct. 12 – Empower Me to be Clutter-Free, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; register at:

Oct. 20 – Morning Ag Mixer, 9 a.m.; join at:

Nov. 1 – Putnam 4-H Volunteer Recognition and Member Awards Program, 2 p.m.; Putnam County Fairgrounds

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