The members and staff of 4-H and the entire Cooperative Extension family in Fulton and Montgomery counties are deeply appreciative of the Amsterdam and Gloversville Tractor Supply Company Stores' participation in the 4-H Paper Clovers Fundraising Campaigns.
Twice a year, for the past two years, both stores have sold 4-H paper clovers for $1 each to their customers at the check-out registers to help fund 4-H youth learning programs in Fulton and Montgomery counties. The campaign is the result of a partnership with National 4-H Council. The most recent campaign, which occurred in May, earned each of our local stores a Class Champion Award for collecting from at least 15 percent of their customer transactions and each raising more than $300 in donations! We extend our deep gratitude to the store managers and their staff for working so hard for 4-H.
The youth-development programs of 4-H connect youths to the resources of Cornell University and the land-grant university system. Programs that teach and reinforce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts strengthen the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. Serving youths ages 5 to 19 years, activities and events inspire and shape youth, give them opportunities to master skills, enrich their knowledge and work with others who can positively influence them. In Fulton and Montgomery counties during the 2011-12 program year, youths engaged in learning experiences in natural resources and the environment, climate change, agriculture and horticulture, nutrition and health, public speaking, animal science, GPS and GIS technology and scientific experiments, among many others.
The next 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place at the Tractor Supply Company stores Sept. 19 to 30. Donations to the 4-H program in Fulton and Montgomery counties during this campaign will be appreciated but are gladly accepted at any time of the year. Companies and individuals interested in a similar partnership are invited to call the Cornell Cooperative Extension office at 673-5525, Ext. 101.
Interim Executive Director
Cornell Cooperative Extension
of Fulton & Montgomery Counties