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Placer County to celebrate National 4-H Week

Recognition dinner is at Loomis Veterans Hall Oct. 3
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National 4-H Week is Oct. 4 to 10, and Placer County will celebrate at a 4-H Achievement Night. It will be held Saturday evening, Oct. 3, at Veterans Memorial Hall in Loomis. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the program follows at 7 p.m. Among those to be honored are county and medalist winners and volunteers and volunteer leaders will be honored. National 4-H Week provides an excellent opportunity to honor the 4-H institution, which is celebrating serving youth for over 100 years nationally. In Placer County, there are 13 4-H community clubs with more than 235 volunteer adults serving nearly 800 youth between the age of five or in kindergarten through 18 years old. Ellen Doerner, Loomis Community 4-H leader and project leader, said 4-H projects teach life skills. “The kids plan meetings and do community service. It’s a fun way to learn different skills,” she said. Jamie Chinn, who participated in 4-H and is now in FFA, agrees. “4-H gave me the building blocks, helped throughout my process of leadership, gave me people skills,” said the Del Oro High School senior. The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, “learn by doing” experiences encourage youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. 4-H programs are offered through school-based, after-school and camp settings and within community clubs. For information about joining Loomis Basin 4-H clubs, or volunteering, contact Doerner at 652-0584 or Elaine Carpenter, community leader for Miners Ravine, at 791-5965. —Staff Report