Trac­tor Sup­ply Stores raise more than $40,000 for 4-H youth pro­grams

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Ge­or­gia 4-H youth will ex­pe­ri­ence valu­able hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties as a re­sult of Trac­tor Sup­ply’s 2018 Pa­per Clover Cam­paign, a bian­nual fundraiser held in part­ner­ship with Na­tional 4-H Coun­cil. Ge­or­gia Trac­tor Sup­ply stores col­lec­tively raised $48,355 in 2018 through do­na­tions made with pur­chases in store and on­line.

Ear­lier this month, Ge­or­gia Trac­tor Sup­ply cus­tomers par­tic­i­pated in the Fall Pa­per Clover event by pur­chas­ing pa­per clovers—the em­blem of 4-H—for a do­na­tion dur­ing check­out at stores na­tion­wide or through pur­chases made on­line at Trac­torSup­ply.com. From Oct. 3 to Oct. 14, Ge­or­gia Trac­tor Sup­ply stores raised $28,117. The Ge­or­gia funds raised are a por­tion of the more than $1 mil­lion na­tion­wide grand to­tal— mark­ing the most suc­cess­ful fundraiser in Trac­tor Sup­ply’s his­tory. Com­bined with re­sults from the Spring Pa­per Clover event held ear­lier this year, Ge­or­gia stores raised a to­tal of $48,355.

Of­fi­cials from the com­pany said they ex­pect to be able to pro­vide a fig­ure for how much Cedar­town’s store contributed to the ef­fort for the Nov. 7 edi­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Christi Korzekwa, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany, there is im­mense value in sup­port­ing 4-H youth and their skills and in­ter­ests.

“Sup­port­ing to­day’s youth means sup­port­ing to­mor­row’s lead­ers,” said Korzekwa. “Since 2010, Trac­tor Sup­ply cus­tomers and team mem­bers have un­der­stood and sup­ported the Pa­per Clover mis­sion—to help pro­vide vi­tal hands-on learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­power more 4-H youth to be­come lead­ers in their lives, ca­reers and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Fundrais­ing ef­forts from Trac­tor Sup­ply’s Pa­per Clover event fund schol­ar­ships for nu­mer­ous state-level 4-H pro­grams na­tion­wide, and ev­ery Ge­or­gia do­na­tion ben­e­fits Ge­or­gia youth. Schol­ar­ships are used for camps and lead­er­ship con­fer­ences, where at­ten­dees learn ev­ery­thing from an­i­mal care and wood­work­ing to net­work­ing prac­tices and civic re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Thanks to our part­ner­ship with Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany, its team mem­bers and the com­mu­ni­ties it serves, Pa­per Clover pro­vides more youth with op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn-by­do­ing—some­thing that is vi­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of their pas­sions and in­ter­ests,” said Jen­nifer Si­rangelo, pres­i­dent and CEO of Na­tional 4-H Coun­cil. “It’s ini­tia­tives like Pa­per Clover that help em­power and in­spire youth to han­dle life’s chal­lenges, con­trib­ute to the world around them and ul­ti­mately de­velop into to­mor­row’s lead­ers.”

The Fall Pa­per Clover event rounds out the ninth year of the cam­paign, which gen­er­ated $1,999,661 in 2018. The com­pany’s bian­nual fundraiser has col­lec­tively gen­er­ated more than $14.9 mil­lion in essen­tial fund­ing to date.

The Pa­per Clover cam­paign will re­turn to Ge­or­gia Trac­tor Sup­ply stores next spring. For more in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram, visit www.Trac­torSup­ply.com/4H.

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