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The Gift of Science

While some Pennsylvania 4-H’ers left the state Farm Show in January with awards for their skills in raising and showing livestock, another group of youngsters received a bigger prize: a check for $100,000. At a ceremony at the show’s 4-H exhibit, the youths accepted the first major gift in support of 4-H science programs on behalf of Penn State Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program.

The donation from Shell Oil Company will be used to increase the number of new youth participating in science programs through 4-H club and after-school programs in eleven northern tier and northwestern counties. The funds will support new or expanded programs in a variety of curriculum areas, including environmental science, animal science, plant science, and engineering.

"With this donation, Shell has made a significant investment in the workforce development of Pennsylvania youth," said Deb Dietrich, 4-H extension educator and chair of the Pennsylvania 4-H Science Team. "We are confident Shell’s support will encourage additional corporations to invest in 4-H science programming."

Chuck Gill