If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about, or get involved with the local 4-H program, here is your chance. The Middlesex County 4-H Open House is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at the 4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.
There are over 25 different 4-H Clubs within Middlesex County. Attendees can learn about these clubs, meet 4-H members and volunteer leaders, enjoy petting zoos and demonstrations or even join a 4-H club.
“This is a great event for kids to see what clubs might interest them,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “The program is always looking for adult volunteers, too, so this is a good time for grown-ups to see what 4-H has to offer.”
The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.
“Programs like these are not only fun, but also emphasize the development of social interaction and other important life skills,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I commend the Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program for all of the educational and family friendly programs that they provide.”
The 4-H program is centered on experience and is education for life. 4-H gives youth an opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment and success, key ingredients to gaining a sense of self-esteem.