Wednesday, January 8, 2014UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension's 4-H youth development program has received a $100,000 donation from Shell Oil Company to support the growth of 4-H science programming for Lawrence and Mercer counties.
The Lawrence and Mercer 4-H programs are two of 11 Pennsylvania county programs sharing the donation.
John Hines, government relations representative for Shell, presented the check to 4-H'ers during a ceremony held Jan. 6 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa. Extension officials say the gift will be used to increase the number of new youth participating in 4-H science programs through 4-H club and after-school programs.
The funds will support new or expanded programs in a variety of curriculum areas, including environmental science, animal science, plant science and engineering.
4-H is a youth-development program of the national Cooperative Extension System administered by land-grant universities like Penn State University.