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Benton County 4-H hosted a 4-H Cloverbuds Round Up and Winter Workshop on January 13 at the Benton County Extension Office in Vinton. 14 Benton County youth attended the event and experienced an Iowa 4-H educational offering titled "A Beautiful Oops" where they practiced art and literacy while making friends. This event built participants' sense of belonging and excitement around the 4-H program.

The Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program, also known as Cloverbuds in Benton County, is designed for Kindergarten through third-grade students. This program is foundational to the 4-H opportunities available to fourth through twelfth-grade students across Iowa. Cloverbuds aims to build life and social skills through fun, educational activities. "4-H Cloverbuds is an exciting program that empowers some of the youngest residents in Benton County to become familiar with the 4-H program and experience the power of positive youth development in it's truest sense," shared Emily Damro, the Iowa 4-H Youth Program Specialist serving Benton County.

Benton County 4-H is partnering with the Vinton Library to host a 4-H 'Find Out' Night on January 31. This event aims to connect with families that have children in early elementary to share the value of joining 4-H and to answer questions families have about the 4-H program. Benton County families are invited to join 4-H staff and volunteers at the Vinton Library at 5 PM on 1/31 to learn about the 4-H program and explore the library.

Additionally, Benton County 4-H and the Vinton Library are partnering to host three educational events in February for Kindergarten through fifth-grade youth. Participants do not need to be 4-H members to register to attend each workshop. Youth will practice literacy, experience fun STEM activities, and learn to apply what they learned. Families can visit and view the calendar to learn more about registering for the February 4-H program series at the Vinton Public Library.

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential through youth-adult partnerships and research-based experiences, starting as early as Kindergarten. For more information on the Benton County 4-H program, please contact the Benton County Extension Office at 319-472-4739 or email 4-H staff at


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