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Rural King Gives Locally 4-H'ers a Boost
Friday Jan 12, 2018 10:33am
Purdue Extension • Angola, IN

By: Tami Mosier, 4-H Extension Educator Steuben County

Rural King of Angola gave 18 youth a “boost” this winter with the “Rural King Gives a Boost” $100 gift card offer, managed by the Steuben County 4-H Program. Historically, Rural King has supported the Steuben County 4-H Auction where 4-H youth in grades 3-12 have the option to sell their market animals. Buyers knowingly and willingly pay above premium prices to support local youth in their pursuit of higher education, next year’s 4-H livestock project, their first car, or whatever the youth deem most necessary and responsible.

Since Rural King did not spend as much money as they typically do at the annual 4-H Auction, they decided to use their funds in a different manner. Steuben County 4-H youth submitted applications where they explained plans for their 2018 4-H year and listed all of the items they could purchase at Rural King in support of those plans if they were awarded a gift card.

While Rural King and many other businesses and individuals have donated to youth who show market animals in the 4-H Program, this was a unique way to expand the pool and support youth who exhibit breeding stock or no livestock at all. Non-livestock youth listed potential purchases such as sugar and canning jars to support their 4-H Foods project and dog food to support their 4-H Dog project, for example.

Pictured above: Harlee Henney, Kaytlyn Hostetler, Laken Mosier, Ashley Worden, Harper Henney, Madison Clingan, Sara Hostetler, Karly Kellett, Hank Worden, Kylie Worden, John Claudy, and Dylan Weisenfelder. Not pictured are Ava Budak, Isabella Budak, Emma Creager, Grace Emberton, Griffin Hosek, and Xavier Hosek
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