NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]

Third Graders and the Rutgers Master Gardeners “Seeds to Salad” Team Harvest Bountiful Crops at Whiton Elementary

In mid June the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County completed their Seeds to Salad program with third graders at Whiton Elementary school located in Branchburg… It took many weeks of preparation to reach the much anticipated “Harvest Day.” In early spring the children planted various types of lettuce, radishes, beets, arugula, Swiss chard, carrots, spinach, onions and were also instructed in how and why it is important to weed, thin and transplant their crops as the plants grew. Master Gardeners also presented weekly lectures about several topics such as soil and soil temperature, “good bugs/bad bugs,” worms, tropism and much more… For many children “Harvest Day” was a highlight as they pulled up all the vegetables they had grown and shortly afterwards enjoyed consuming them at the “Salad Extravaganza” party. The program was a hit with third graders, their teachers and volunteers alike.

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Dias Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Award

Madara Dias of Bridgewater, an 11th grade member of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award… The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Somerset County 4-H Youth Development, part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, nominated Dias for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, an off-campus division of Rutgers University. The 4-H Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world. This is accomplished by using the knowledge and resources of caring adults. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program are to: provide informal, educational programs for youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school);eEncourage responsibility, community awareness and character development in youth; strengthen skills for adults working with youth through publications and training; and improve community partnerships and collaborations.

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Madara Dias Honored for Volunteer Service with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Madara Dias of Bridgewater, an 11th grade member of the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award… The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Somerset County 4-H Youth Development, part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, nominated Madara for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service… In addition to her commitment to the 4-H program, Madara spent three weeks in Sri Lanka teaching English to underprivileged students. Her desire to help the community comes from her grandparents in Sri Lanka. "They have always helped the less fortunate and I want to do that too," says Madara… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, an off-campus division of Rutgers University.

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Bridgewater-Raritan Senior Wins First Place in Woofminster Dog Show

James Clelland, a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, and his Australian Shepherd, named Jack, won first place in the Junior Showmanship Master Senior Class, at the recent 4-H Woofminster Winter Dog Show… According to James, he and his parents have met a lot of new people and made many friends at the various 4-H and AKC dog shows. He considers the past eight years "as a great experience to show and work with dogs, as well as compete in Obedience Trials and Junior Showmanship classes."… Somerset County 4-H Woof Dog Club members and their dogs, as well as members of the 4-H Wags & Whiskers Club (Somerset County) can be seen at the annual NJ State 4-H Dog Show. It will be held on April 25 at the Rutgers G.H. Cook Campus, New Brunswick.

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