Bennington County 4-H invites families to join Green Up Day effort

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BENNINGTON — Kids from Bennington and the surrounding area are invited to join the Bennington County 4-H's Green Up Day effort from 2-4 p.m. on May 4.

The event is open to all children ages 5 to 18 and their families, whether they are currently 4-H members or not. Volunteers should plan to meet at the Bennington Elementary School, 128 Park St. They will travel along Park Street from the school to Willow Park, where a healthy snack will be served, before returning to the school.

If interested in helping out, please respond by May 1. To respond or for additional information, contact Ashley Brenon Jowett at 802-681-5196 or ashlebrenon@gmail.com.

Volunteers should wear brightly colored clothing and closed-toe shoes. Green Up Day bags, gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided.

"The third 'H' of 4-H stands for 'hands,' which is our way of representing service to others," Kimberly Griffin, the University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator for Bennington County, said in a release. "Lending a hand to help in this statewide clean-up effort is the perfect project for 4-H'ers and those who are interested in 4-H."

A total of 73 young people currently participate in 4-H locally, both as members of 4-H clubs and in after school, in-school programming and special interest 4-H activities. The 4-H club members are enrolled in a number of different projects including sewing, horse, shooting sports, LEGO robotics, fiber arts, photography and leadership, among others.

To learn more about the local 4-H program, including how to join a club, contact Griffin at 802-773-3349, ext. 276, or kimberly.griffin@uvm.edu.

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