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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 29, 2013
Patricia O'Neil, WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2172

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

The National 4-H Council will launch its third annual Spring Paper Clover Campaign on May 8, which raises thousands of dollars each spring 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 May 8 through May 19.

This spring, there are several new ways for local 4-H clubs to raise more money and keep more of the funds to help 4-H clubs in Thurston County thrive. New this year is the addition of a $5 paper clover. Customers who donate $1 to $4 to the 4-H Paper Clover campaign will receive a $1 Purina products coupon, and those who donate $5 or more will receive a $2 Purina coupon.

Also new this year is an incentive program that lets participating counties keep 100 percent of funds raised over and above what they raised in 2012. In years past, 65 percent of the funds raised at the two Thurston County stores went directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County, 5 percent sent to the statewide 4-H office in Pullman, and 30 percent going to the National 4-H Council.

Finally, the National 4-H Council is offering an additional incentive of $1,000 going to the top performing state in each of the four regions. With a history of strong community support in Thurston County and Washington for the 4-H Paper Clover campaign, there's a good chance that the Spring 2013 Paper Clover campaign could be the best yet for Thurston County 4-Hers.

"Last year, our very own Yelm Del's Feed and Farm Supply was fourth in the nation for the amount they raised, right behind Longview. Plus Puyallup and Spanaway were in the top ten for money raised. I'd say if our kids put in that same kind of effort this year, we could actually earn both incentives," said Thurston County 4-H Program Coordinator Patt O'Neil. "It helps to have great partners at the Olympia and Yelm Del's stores. They have been so supportive over the years, and I think they enjoy the friendly competition just as much as the kids and teens in our clubs."

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

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.



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Carolina Mejia
District 1

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District 2

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District 3