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South Dakota 4-H clubs serve communities in many ways

Thirty-four South Dakota 4-H clubs completed community environmentally themed service projects around the state during 2008.

As National 4-H Week takes place Oct. 5-11, the 2008 efforts of the clubs, which included more than 600 4-H’ers, were recognized.

Kathryn Reeves, a 4-H and youth development specialist with the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service said their accomplishments were noteworthy.

“The theme for the 2008 service project was environment, and clubs planned and performed projects in 24 counties,” said Reeves. “In all, the efforts showed determination and embodied the 4-H pledge of using one’s hands for larger service.”

Three groups started recycling programs, others wrote educational articles, recorded public service announcements, and designed displays.

South Dakota 4-H’ers cleaned more than 36 miles of road ditches, planted dozens of trees, and took part in community clean-up efforts.

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“Another club collected more than 300,000 packages of seeds for family gardens in Iraq,” said Reeves. “Participation in this project is up 40 percent; our efforts continue to grow and show the success of 4-H’s spirit of service.”

South Dakota 4-H has selected “Kids in Crisis” as the 2009 community service theme. For more information on 4-H, ask about it at your county Extension office, or visit their Web site at http://4h.sdstate.edu.