BY CARLA VAUGHT – U OF A COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT –
Polk County 4-H is in the middle of its biggest fundraiser. The Christmas Poinsettia Sale provides 6-inch florist quality plants to 4-H supporters at a cost of $10 each. There are six beautiful colors available for sell. They are on display at the County Extension Office at the corner of DeQueen and Hickory streets.
The 4-H program is the youth development program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all youth age 5 to 19 regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The 4-H educational program provides opportunities for youth to develop life skills such as communication, teamwork, responsibility, decision-making, goal setting, leadership, healthy choices, and self-esteem. The goal of the 4-H youth development program is to develop healthy, responsible leaders and productive citizens for our communities future.
The poinsettia fundraiser is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our program. Tax dollars do not support the day to day 4-H program. All money used to conduct educational activities for our 4-H members is money that is raised through donations and fundraisers. Our money goes for scholarships to out of county educational events such as the Citizenship, Washington Focus trip to DC; Adventure and Challenge camp at the 4-H Center; High Adventure camp; County 4-H Camp at the 4-H Center; Teen Leadership Conference at the 4-H Center; and 4-H Leadership Camp. The list is long and the interest of our local 4-H members is high. Polk County has one of the strongest 4-H programs in the state. This is because our community supports us and provides great opportunities for our youth.
We need your help in finishing up this very important fundraiser. If you would like to pick out a beautiful plant to take as a gift for a friend, to decorate your home, or to deliver to someone who needs a Christmas pick-me-up, 4-H can fix you up! If you would like someone from 4-H to deliver, that can be arranged as well. Come by the office at 211 DeQueen Street or give us a call at 479-394-6018.