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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Contact:
Dianna Ullery, WSU Thurston County Extension at (360) 867-2155 or UlleryD@co.thurston.wa.us

4-H Fall Clover Campaign Starts Oct. 8
Funds raised support programs for more than 400 Thurston County 4-H youth

The National 4-H Council will launch its fifth annual Fall Paper Clover Campaign on Wednesday, October 8, this 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 October 8 through October 19, 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.

"The Paper Clover Campaigns have become our major fund raiser for the Thurston County 4-H program, and we are so grateful for the help that our friends at Del's Feed and Farm Supply give each spring and fall to support these kids," said Dianna Ullery, 4-H Program Coordinator for the county.

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 414 members supporting 53 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://ext100.wsu.edu/thurston/youth or call (360) 867-2157. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.


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District 2

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District 3