The Star-Herald

Store begins Paper Clover event for 4-H

AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine — Rounding out its ninth year, Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is gearing up for its Paper Clover event, a semi-annual fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth.

From Oct. 3 to Oct. 14, ME Tractor Supply customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by purchasing a paper clover — the signature emblem of 4-H — for a donation during checkout at stores or online. All Maine donations will benefit Maine youth.

The fundraiser began in 2010 and has generated more than $14 million. This past spring’s initiative raised more than $956,000 alone, impacting more than 14,000 students. Paper Clover funds benefit scholarships for numerous state-level 4-H programs, such as camps and leadership conferences, where attendees learn everything from animal care and woodworking to networking practices and civic responsibility.

Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company, said, “Every Paper Clover donation supports the skills and interests of 4-H youth who are well on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”

According to Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of National 4-H Council, these hands-on learning opportunities empower kids to become true leaders in their life, career and community.

“When young people have the opportunity to learn-by-doing, they grow skills that allow them to pursue their passions and contribute to the world around them,” said Sirangelo.  

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