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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 more than 237,000 youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia 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 in which young people learn by doing through participating in 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 600,000 volunteers and 3,500 professionals provides caring and supportive mentoring to all 4-H’ers, helping them grow into true leaders and entrepreneurs;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 4-10, 2020, as VIRGINIA 4-H WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.