Senate Recognizes 4-H For 100 Years of Service

(HARRISBURG) – – In 1912, in Mercer County, the first 4-H meeting was held in Pennsylvania.  100 years later, through the Penn State Cooperative Extension service, 4-H programming is available in all 67 Pennsylvania counties.

This week, the Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously approved a resolution authored by Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) to recognize 100 years of 4-H and to declare October 7 through 13 as 4-H week in Pennsylvania.

“A recent study by Tufts University indicated that young people who take part in 4-H are three times more likely to positively contribute to their communities than youth who do not participate,” said Senator Gordner.  “It is only fitting the Senate recognize this important program.”

4-H has evolved from teaching agriculture and home economics to also include nutrition education, community development and career guidance.  This year, thousands of 4-H youths nationwide will compete in the 2012 National Science Experiment, exploring how robotics can be used to preserve and protect the environment on October 10.

The program is open to boys and girls aged 5 through 18, and currently more than 200,000 young Pennsylvanians take part in 4-H activities.

Contact: Todd Roup