Harrison County

extension news notice

Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19

4-H Programming Updates

April 7, 2020

Good morning Harrison County 4-H families,

It is with great sadness that I share this update from Purdue. We received word that ALL face-to-face Extension programming will be delayed through the month of May. There will be no 4-H or other Extension in-person activities during this time. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE THOROUGHLY.

Please know that 4-H will continue and that the June 1 deadline for projects and animal ID is firm.

This affects quite a few of our summer plans. Please know that your 4-H Council and Harrison County Agriculture Society are working to ensure that our county fair experience still happens. As of right now, our 2020 Fair plans have NOT CHANGED, but we have set dates of July 19-25 as back up dates for the 2020 County 4-H Fair. This year will teach us to be resilient and creative. Fair may not look like it traditionally does, but we will continue focusing on positive youth development as we plan forward. Livestock tags are available at the office. Please call ahead to make arrangements to get those. How to videos are posted on Facebook.

Area 2 4-H Camp is postponed and we 4-H educators are looking into alternatives. We know that summer camp is a HUGE part of the 4-H experience and want to be sure that we provide the BEST possible alternative in spite of this challenge. If you signed up for camp, please know that your money will be refunded.

YQCA is still required for livestock project completion. YQCA is offering a discount for its web based classes. It will cost $9 during the month of April ONLY. The 4-H Council is discussing how to get those discounted coupons to families that still need to complete this requirement online. Please watch for these details. We have approximately 50 youth that still need to complete YQCA certification. If you are unsure if you have completed, you can look on the training tab to see if this requirement has been met. If you took the class, but it does not show that you've been certified, please contact me at wilkin33@purdue.edu.

Ok. This is awful. I get it and I agree. BUT this is how we learn to be 4-H. This is how we put our HEADS, HEARTS, HANDS, and HEALTH to better ourselves and our community. This will teach us resilience and strength.

We are sharing and producing Facebook and online content to help you keep kids busy. Please watch Facebook, as this is the easiest place to share that information quickly.

Information about service projects for our local health providers will come out soon. Please participate! We will be putting together kits to make ear savers for Harrison County Hospital, our health department, and local doctors' offices. Appreciation cards are being developed for our essential workers. All family members are welcome to share these as you get your essentials like livestock feed, groceries, and medications.

Leaders, both members and adults, are encouraged to provide demonstration videos. Just email those to me or Anna and we'll edit to make them amazing!

If you have requests or hear of needs, please let me know. We are ready and willing and adapting right along with you. Our hearts go out to those that are struggling and who have been personally affect by the Covid19 virus.

Rebecca Wilkins

Recent Stories