Free program is available to those in first, second and third grades

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County youth in grades one, two and three are invited to join the county’s newest 4-H club – the 4-H Puppetry Club.

Club members will have the opportunity to make different types of puppets, create puppet characters and originate puppet skits. This newly formed 4-H club will meet monthly at the VFW Hall on Waterworks Road. The initial meeting dates are March 19, April 16 and May 21. There is no charge for the program.

“Clubs are the foundation of the 4-H program,” said Kaitlin Everett, Monmouth County 4-H Agent. “Each 4-H club concentrates its projects or activities in a particular area such as puppetry. Other clubs focus on gardening, woodworking, small animals, food and nutrition, karate, photography and other interests.”

A 4-H club is a group of five or more youth guided by one or more adult volunteer leaders. A club can be any size – from a small group of children from one neighborhood to a larger club comprising youth from all over the county. 4-H has no membership registration fee.

“4-H members build leadership by electing officers and conducting their own business meetings,” Everett said. “The youth also work together on community service activities, meet new friends and have lots of fun.”

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension. 4-H is an informal, practical educational program for youth. It is the youth development program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the off-campus division of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

For more information about this or other 4-H clubs and programs, please contact the 4-H office at 732-431-7263, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log onto the County Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com and click on the link to the Monmouth County’s  Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service.