Sheridan County Newsletter

October 2015

Calendar of Events

October 3-4: 4-H Days of Service
October 4 - 10: 4-H Week!!
October 7: National Youth Science Day in Gordon at 4 pm
October 12: Sewing Class in Hay Springs from 4 to 6 pm
October 13: Volunteer E-forum at 5:45 pm at the Extension
October 16: Textile Tech workshop at 9 am at the Extension
October 17: 4-H at the Rushville Round-up
October 24: Halloween Etravaganza for Clover Buds
October 25: Achievement Banquet

November 6: Track your Hunt workshop in Hay Springs at 9 am

Animals Inside & Out Photos

4-H Gives Big

From Sidney to Falls City, Nebraska 4-H youth have been “giving big” to local communities. In 2014, communities benefitted from 726 youth/adult volunteers and 41 4-H clubs, giving 2,084 hours to local service projects with a value of $41,690. In 2015 and beyond, we want to grow Nebraska 4-H community service efforts and make them even bigger!

You are invited to be a part of a new community vitality effort by Nebraska 4-H. #4HGivesBig is a statewide weekend of service provided for Nebraska communities by Nebraska youth. The event will cultivate youth leadership and engagement, and foster community partnerships. Join the mission on October 3-4, 2015 – two days to make a difference.

Anyone can be involved – 4-H members, non 4-H members, 4-H alumni, friends, parents, volunteers, etc. #4HGivesBig provides two days for anyone in the community to work together to make a difference. You can work alone, with friends, as large groups, or collaborate with community organizations to serve your service mission. The project can be as small as cleaning up leaves in the park or as large as creating a service project that will last beyond the two days. Options are endless.

Post to social media using #4HGivesBig to allow everyone to follow your project. Join the mission and report your project at by clicking on “New Project” at the bottom of the page on the right. For more information, contact the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office.

4-H Clubs in Sheridan County are contributing by having a Coat and Blanket Drive. The Hooves and Heart Club will be collecting them at the youth football game on October 3rd at 9 am.

4-H Week

4-H Week is October 4th through the 10th. This year to celebrate the week, the 4-H After School programs will participate in the National Youth Science Day Motion Commotion. Youth will work with physics and apply it to distracted driving. The experiment will take place in Rushville on Tuesday, October 6th and in Gordon on Wednesday, October 7th.

4-H members are encouraged to wear their 4-H t-shirts during the week and remember to thank the 4-H volunteers when you see them!

Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10 by sharing photos of your 4-H Week activities with #4HGrowsHere.

  1. Follow 4-H on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Caption your photos with "4-H is growing [What kids are doing] in Sheridan County. #4HGrowsHere
  3. Be sure to use the hashtag #4HGrowsHere so we can feature your photos on

Textile Tech Workshop

Love to draw and creating things? Try your hand at designing your fabric using technology. The Textile workshop will be at the Nebraska Extension Sheridan Office on October 16th from 9 to noon. The cost is $20 if you purchase fabric or just $5 to attend. To register contact Melissa at (308) 327-2312.

Rushville Round-up

Come and have fun with 4-H at the Rushville Round up. Youth can learn about farm safety, animal skeleton system, dog training, and much more!
Clover Buds will get to experience Science, Art, Cooking and Teamwork at this workshop on October 24th from 9 am until 12 pm at the Nebraska Extension Office in Sheridan county. The cost is $5. To register please contact Melissa at (308) 327-2312.
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Achievement Banquet

The Achievement Banquet will take place on Sunday, October 25th at the Gordon -Rushville Middle School starting at 4 pm. 4-H members will be able to pick up their premium checks, record books, and buckles. Families that have a last name that starts with A to K need to bring a salad or vegetable. Families that have a last name starting with L to Z need to bring a dessert. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costume. There will games and pumpkin decorating for the youth to enjoy starting at 4 pm.

Track Your Hunt

Enjoy the outdoors and hunting? We have the workshop for you!! Save the date for November 6th in Hay Springs from 9 am until 2 pm. This interactive workshop will allow participants to create Animal Tracks, Turkey Calls, Pop can canister, and much more. The cost will be $10. To register please contact Melissa Mracek at (308) 327-2312.

Middle School Friday Program

We are starting a program on Fridays for Middle School students from 3:10 to 3:50 pm. Students will learn more about themselves, express their creativity, gain teamwork skills, and learn how to program robots.
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