January 26, 2018

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea-Keywood of the Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development Program by phone at 609‑827‑0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

JOANN Stores Host Service Day Project with 4‑H on February 3

The 4‑H Youth Development Program and JOANN Fabrics stores want to see more kids learning by doing, creating and making. In celebration of the month of love, on February 3, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, New Jersey 4‑H members will partner with their local JOANN stores to hand-make and deliver custom Valentine's Day cards to local charities and organizations.

Studies show that many students lose their natural love of learning somewhere between kindergarten and their senior year of high school. When more New Jersey youth have access to local 4‑H programming, they will participate in hands-on projects where they can design, create and make for themselves. These experiences are proven to rekindle a love of learning and produce a variety of benefits - from strengthening their creativity and imaginative thinking to improving their motor skills, coordination and self-esteem.

Join thousands of 4‑H youth from across the nation at JOANN stores on Saturday, February 3, 11am - 2pm to participate in the Service Day and help make custom Valentine's Day cards. The cards made in New Jersey stores will be given to local children's hospitals, senior citizen centers, and agencies and organizations in the counties were stores are located.

Throughout the month of February, the 4‑H Paper Clover campaign will be available in 865 stores located in 49 states. Shoppers at any of the 13 JOANN stores located in New Jersey will have the opportunity to support 4‑H by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or $4 at the checkout. A coupon for $4 off your next purchase will be given for each $4.00 donation made. JOANN stores are located in Cherry Hill, Colonia, Deptford, Marlton, Mays Landing, Mount Laurel, Lawrenceville, Paramus, Riverdale, Shrewsbury, Succasunna, Toms River, and West Deptford. Stop by your local JOANN store to participate in the Service Day event on February 3 or anytime between February 1-28 to support 4‑H and purchase a Paper Clover.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

To learn more about the national partnership, visit www.4‑H.org/JOANN. If you would like more information on how you can become involved in 4‑H, contact the 4‑H office in the county in which you reside or visit the website at http://nj4h.rutgers.edu. Like New Jersey 4‑H on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NewJersey4H/

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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