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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact:
Patricia O'Neil, WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2172

4-H Fall Clover Campaign Raises Money for Thurston County Programs


The National 4-H Council will launch its third annual Fall Paper Clover Campaign on Sept. 19, which raises thousands of dollars each fall for local 4-H programs in Thurston County and across the country.

Each year in the fall and spring, the National 4-H Council teams up with Tractor Supply Company and Del's Feed and Farm Supply stores to raise money for local 4-H programs with the sale of paper clovers in local stores for a donation of $1 or more at checkout. In Thurston County, the Del's Feed and Farm Supply stores in Olympia and Yelm will sell the paper clovers from Sept. 19 through Sept. 30, with 65 percent of the funds raised at the two stores going directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County. As in years past, 5 percent of Paper Clover proceeds raised in Thurston County will go to the statewide 4-H office in Pullman, and 30 percent will go to the National 4-H Council.

Thurston County has shown strong support for the 4-H fundraiser in years past. The Yelm Del's Feed and Farm Supply store was number four in the nation for total dollars raised for 4-H in the Spring 2012 Paper Clover Campaign, raising $1,742. The Yelm store was number two for customer participation in spring 2012, with almost 68 percent of the store's customers picking up a paper clover at checkout. Other stores in Washington also showed strong support in the spring, with the store in Longview coming in at number one nationwide with over 90 percent of customers buying a clover, and number three in total dollars raised. Spanaway and Puyallup in Pierce County rounded out the top four slots nationwide for customer participation, and were also in the top ten for fundraising.

Spring 2012 Paper Clover Campaign Top Ten Stores
  • Knoxville, TN--52.7% participation; $2216
  • Blairstown, NJ--52.9% participation; $2042
  • Longview, WA--90.8% participation; $1875
  • Yelm, WA--67.9% participation; $1742
  • Geneva, NY--50.3% participation; $1677.76
  • Weatherford, OK--58% participation; $1486
  • La Grange, TX--53% participation; $1480
  • Puyallup, WA--58.4% participation; $1278
  • Spanaway, WA--65.9% participation; $1205
  • Inver Grove Heights, MN--50.3% participation; $1190

"People in Thurston County are really strong supporters of 4-H, and I think that shows how much we value the 4-H programs that our WSU Extension staff put together each year, and that it really means something to our kids and our community," said Derek Hull, Manager of the Yelm Del's store. "We hope to do just as well if not better for the fall campaign."

This year's Fall Paper Clover Campaign will usher in the start of the 4-H year on October 1, when new members can join 4-H, established memberships are renewed and new programs begin.

The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 442 members supporting 89 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical "hands-on" learning. The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System.

To learn more about the Thurston County 4-H Fall Paper Clover Campaign, or to find out more about the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H programs and membership, visit http://county.wsu.edu/thurston or call (360) 867-2151. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.


View the National 4-H Council Fall Paper Clover Campaign news release.



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District 2

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