Gas driller donates $100k to 4-H in 11 counties

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UNIVERSITY 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.

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Potter County 4-H Leader Donnell Ayers (right) teaches John Hines, government liaison from Shell Inc., about zoonotic diseases at the 4-H booth at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Hines presented a check to Pennsylvania 4-H to support 4-H science programs in 11 counties. Image: Penn State