Havre Daily News Staff
The Happy Havre 4-H Club worked hard this month completing their decorating efforts in the front window at Stockman Bank in celebration of National 4-H Week. "National 4-H Week was Oct. 5 through Oct. 11 this year, and the Happy Havre 4-H Club took the time to get involved and decorate the bank’s window to promote National 4-H Week and 4-H in general," said Cindy Conley, AVP Marketing, Stockman Bank. Jessica Hanson in the Havre office is the one who coordinated the event with the kids. “I found out that 4-H kids do table displays and such and I called, so we as a bank could promote 4-H and give them an opportunity to take part in the National 4-H Week," Hanson said. Havre branch Vice President Chuck Wimmer said, "It basically comes down to supporting youth in the community, and 4-H is an important part of rural America and important for rural America kids. Stockman Bank is the largest aglender in the state of Montana and so the life and business 4-H kids are learning plays a huge role in our bank. "But we just like to support all of the youth organizations we can and show that the bank is here to be part of the community," Wimmer added. 4-H is the youth development program of Montana State University Extension. It is the largest, out-ofschool youth development program in the state, reaching about 25,000 youth in all counties each year. 4-H offers more than 100 different projects and learning experiences that will engage youth actively while they are having fun. 4-H projects rely on trained adult volunteers who work with kids as a partner and resource for Learning. From learning how to cook or sew, to raising an animal or camping, and everything in between, 4-H offers youth a wide range of choices and opportunities. 4-H is open to all youth ages 6-19 years regardless of where they live. Six- to 8-year-olds can also join as Cloverbuds to explore the variety of programs available in 4-H while having fun in a non-competitive environment. Nine- to 19-year-olds can enroll in specific projects like woodworking, sewing, dog, robotics or other projects and exhibit what they've created at the county and state level. For more information, contact the MSU/Hill County Extension Office at 265-5481, ext. 233.