4-H Explosion is Oct. 9

By Tanya Davis | Published Thursday, September 23, 2010

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When you hear the word, “4-H,” what image comes to mind? A green clover? Cows? Goats? What about food and nutrition, citizenship or public speaking? Do you think about shooting sports, photography or clothing and textiles? There is more to 4-H than showing livestock at the Wise County Youth Fair or at the major stock shows.

To get a better idea of what 4-H is all about, we invite you to join the members of the Wise County 4-H Clubs at 4-H Explosion on Saturday, Oct. 9. The doors will open at 2 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building at Decatur Middle School. Each club will have a booth and will share their experiences and answer questions.

This year, “One Day 4-H” is being held in conjunction with 4-H Explosion. One Day 4-H is one day for all the 4-H members, parents, leaders and volunteers to step out into their communities and say “thank you” by giving back for 103 years of support to 4-H in Texas. Wise County 4-H has decided to show their support through patriotism by sending pieces of home to our troops overseas and by collecting shoes to be recycled. There will be 4 stations that represent each leaf in the 4-H Clover.

Head: Writing letters of support to our military friends overseas.

Heart: Gathering “feel good” items such as: beef jerky, coffee, sunflower seeds, homemade gifts, DVD’s, linens, socks etc. (list is available at the Extension Office)

Health: Accepting items such as shampoo, face wash, lip balm, band aids, sunblock, bug spray, Tylenol, eye drops, multi-vitamins, etc. (list is available at the Extension Office)

Hands: “ReUse a Shoe” is a community service project where we will be accepting worn out shoes. We will accept any brand, but flip-flops, dress shoes, cleats, sandals or shoes with metal will not be accepted. The shoes collected will be sent to Nike where they will be ground up into small pieces, and recycled into basketball courts, track surfaces, and used in playgrounds. Shoes will be accepted Oct. 9 through Oct. 30. You can take them to your community 4-H Club Drop Off locations. (Contact the Extension Office for locations).

This is a free event the whole family can enjoy. Please contact the Extension Office for more information at (940) 627-3341.

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