March 5, 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.

4-H and JOANN Stores Partner to Offer Paper Clover Event Until March 31

The 4‑H Youth Development Program and JOANN stores are partnering to offer the 4‑H Paper Clover event, a national in-store fundraiser, benefiting national and county 4‑H programming. The event which started in February will continue until March 31, 2018.

The Paper Clover campaign and the partnership between 4‑H and JOANN is available in 865 stores located in 49 states. Shoppers at any of the 12 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. Funds raised will be donated to support county 4‑H educational programs.

JOANN stores are located in Cherry Hill, Colonia, Deptford, Mays Landing, Mount Laurel, Lawrenceville, Paramus, Riverdale, Shrewsbury, Succasunna, Toms River, and West Deptford.

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. 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/

About 4‑H

4‑H, the nation's largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who 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. Learn more about 4‑H at www.4-H.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/4H.

About JOANN

For nearly 75 years, JOANN has inspired creativity in the hearts, hands, and minds of its customers. From a single storefront in Cleveland, Ohio, the nation's leading fabric and craft retailer has grown to include more than 869 stores across 49 states and an industry-leading e-commerce business. With the goal of helping every customer find their creative Happy Place, JOANN serves as a convenient single stop for all of the supplies, guidance, and inspiration needed to achieve any project or passion. For store locations, project ideas, and a full product offering, visit joann.com.

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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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