National 4-H Week was October 3rd through the 8th, and Mitchell County 4-H filled the week with many activities with community service being a large part of the week.
To start off the week, members signed the 4-H Week Proclamation with Judge Mayo on Monday. Afterwards, they assembled 81 ER Hospitality Kits to donate to the Mitchell County Hospital Emergency Room. These kits are for children who are in the ER or have parents being treated in the ER. They contain small activities to keep the children entertained. Members delivered the kits on Tuesday with Mark Sheets, RN, and Chip Payne, PA-C, receiving the kits.
Members wore their 4-H shirts and passed out pencils at school with information about 4-H on Wednesday. Another community service activity was delivering a meal on Thursday for the night staff at the Mitchell County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Food and Nutrition group made chicken spaghetti and others brought sides. On Friday, members wore school colors to support their teams. Mitchell County 4-H has a Bat Site at Ruddick Park, and members assembled on October 15th to clean it up. Within an hour, they had cleared two pickup beds of dead plants and debris from the site.
There are many upcoming activities in 4-H. From Beef Quiz Bowl and Clothing to Shooting Sports and Photography, there is an activity – or two – for everyone. There are many leadership and community service opportunities as well. For more information, call the Mitchell County Extension Office at 728-3111.