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Local Fayette County 4-H club honored with statewide award

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Louch Bunch at a barn raising in 2023

Urbana, Ill. – A 4-H club in Fayette County was recently honored for achievements with a statewide Excel Club Award.

Recognition and awards are an important part of 4-H. Recognition encourages young people and increases their interest in the opportunities that are available to them as they become more capable and competent young adults.

The Loudon Bunch were honored with a Community Service Excel Club Award due to a demonstrated focus on their 4-H club’s work in service to/for others with an emphasis on youth leadership in the planning and implementing of the service work.

“We are proud of our members and their willingness to always lend a helping hand to our community! Although an award is never expected it is very much appreciated for their hard work,” said Mandy Miller, Loudon Bunch Leader.

“4H offers every child the opportunity to grow developing their interests, talents, experience and friendships while given guidance, encouragement and recognition of achievement from leaders, volunteers, and 4H staff. We are proud of all 4 Hers and those who provide supporting efforts to make the BEST better.” said Marsha Lilly-Wright, Loudon Bunch Leader

Those who wish to learn more about 4-H in Fayette County may contact the University of Illinois Extension office in Vandalia, IL at 618-283-2753.

About Illinois 4-H: Illinois 4-H is the flagship youth development program of University of Illinois Extension and administered through the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. 4-H grows true leaders, youth who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. The hands-on approach in 4-H gives young people guidance, tools, and encouragement, and then puts them in the driver’s seat to make great things happen. Independent research confirms the unparalleled impact of the 4-H experience, demonstrating that young people are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

About Extension:  Illinois Extension leads public outreach for University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and community leaders to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

Writer:  Olivia Snyder, 4-H Program Coordinator for Fayette County