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National Paper Clover Campaign Supports Orleans County 4-H

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Lindy Birch, University of Vermont Extension 4-H Educator for Orleans County, joins 4-H'ers Cora Nadeau (left) and Ryanne Nadeau (right) to thanks Kyle Webster, Derby Tractor Supply Company Store manager, and his store for fundraising efforts on behalf of Orleans County 4-H during the 2013 Spring Paper Clover campaign. The sisters are members of the Border Livestock Plus 4-H club and reside in Derby Line. (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)



Derby--Shoppers at the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) store in Derby will have an opportunity to support Orleans County 4-H this October by purchasing a paper clover for $1 or more at checkout.

The fall 2013 4-H Paper Clover Campaign runs from Oct. 9 to 20 at TSC stores nationwide. All of the funds raised benefit 4-H including 4-H youth development program activities in Orleans County.

"This store's efforts have made a tremendous difference to 4-H'ers locally," says Lindy Birch, University of Vermont Extension 4-H educator for Orleans and Essex Counties, noting that the  Derby TSC store has participated in every campaign since the program began in Fall 2010. "The clover dollars raised are used to purchase curriculum, club and 4-H event supplies as well as support our 4-H activities throughout the year."

Orleans County 4-H clubs are gearing up to help with the store's efforts during the fall campaign through on-site 4-H demonstrations and animal activities. Club members also will promote 4-H by talking with shoppers about their projects and activities.

More than 1,200 TSC and Del's Feed and Farm Supply stores in 48 states, including six in Vermont, participate in the semi-annual promotional campaign, which is organized in partnership with the National 4-H Council. In the most recent campaign, held in May, the Derby TSC store raised $1,144 through sales of paper clovers, more than any other store in Vermont.

It was named a Regional Champion for being among the top five TSC stores for highest transaction percentages for paper clover donations in the Northeast region. In addition, it was recognized as the District Champion for highest transaction percentage in the district and Class Champion for raising a minimum of $300 with more than 15 percent of all transactions including the purchase of a paper clover.  Kyle Webster manages the store, which is located at 124 Commerce Way.