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WHEREAS, 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, supporting nearly six million youth across the country; and
WHEREAS, 4-H has helped over 188,000 youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia to become confident, independent, resilient, and compassionate leaders; and
WHEREAS, 4-H is delivered by Cooperative Extension services, involving more than 100 public universities across the nation that provide experiences where young people learn by doing through hands-on projects in the important areas of health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement; and
WHEREAS, National 4-H Week showcases the incredible ways that 4-H inspires kids to learn by doing and highlights the remarkable 4-H youth in Virginia who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them; and
WHEREAS, 4-H’s network of nearly 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 4-H’ers, helping them to grow into true leaders and entrepreneurs;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 7-13, 2018, as VIRGINIA 4-H WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.