Trac­tor Sup­ply’s Spring Pa­per Clover Pro­gram to Pro­vide Thou­sands of Lead­er­ship Op­por­tu­ni­ties for 4-H Youth

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Want to help Polk County and the statewide 4-H pro­grams con­tinue to pros­per and pro­vide youth with op­por­tu­ni­ties in and out of agri­cul­ture? Then look no fur­ther than a Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany lo­ca­tion right here in Cedar­town as a chance to give back.

Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany, in part­ner­ship with Na­tional 4-H Coun­cil, is gear­ing up for its Spring Pa­per Clover event, a semi-an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign that pro­vides mil­lions of dol­lars in schol­ar­ships for 4-H youth. Do­na­tions from the pro­gram pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth to at­tend en­rich­ing camps, con­fer­ences and other de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grams across the coun­try.

From March 27 – April 7, Trac­tor Sup­ply cus­tomers and team mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate in the Pa­per Clover fundraiser by pur­chas­ing a pa­per clover for a do­na­tion dur­ing check­out at stores na­tion­wide or by mak­ing a pur­chase on­line at Trac­torSup­ply.com.

Now in its ninth year, the part­ner­ship be­tween Trac­tor Sup­ply and 4-H has gen­er­ated more than $12 mil­lion in es­sen­tial fund­ing. This past fall’s ini­tia­tive raised nearly $2 mil­lion, im­pact­ing more than 14,000 stu­dents.

“Trac­tor Sup­ply has an un­par­al­leled part­ner­ship with the Na­tional 4-H Coun­cil, and our bian­nual Pa­per Clover pro­gram is a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the in­cred­i­ble value 4-H brings to youth, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties,” said Christi Korzekwa, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany. “We look for­ward to this pro­gram each year be­cause it al­lows us to in­vest in youth who are pas­sion­ate about im­pact­ing the world around them.”

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

Ac­cord­ing to Jen­nifer Si­rangelo, pres­i­dent and CEO of Na­tional 4-H Coun­cil, this pro­gram uniquely sup­ports and en­cour­ages 4-H youth to con­tinue mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their lives, ca­reers and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Thanks to our part­ner­ship with Trac­tor Sup­ply Com­pany, the Pa­per Clover pro­gram ex­poses youth to the ben­e­fits of the 4-H ex­pe­ri­ence, such as hands-on learn­ing, which em­pow­ers them to be­come life­long lead­ers,” said Si­rangelo. “Noth­ing brings us greater joy than to sup­port the skills and in­ter­ests of our 4-H youth through­out their jour­ney to adult­hood. The Pa­per Clover pro­gram al­lows more youth to hone life­long lead­er­ship skills like re­spon­si­bil­ity, re­siliency and hard work.”

4-H clubs are en­cour­aged to con­tact a Trac­tor Sup­ply store to par­tic­i­pate dur­ing the in-store fundraiser. Those who par­tic­i­pate with their lo­cal store are el­i­gi­ble to win a $100 Trac­tor Sup­ply gift card through the Pa­per Clover Par­tic­i­pa­tion Sweep­stakes. For more in­for­ma­tion on Pa­per Clover or how to en­ter the sweep­stakes, visit Trac­torSup­ply.com/4h.

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The Cedar­town Trac­tor Sup­ply can be found on High­way 27 North across from Wal­mart. (Kevin Myrick/stan­dard

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