BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council selected the Ronald McDonald House as the state-wide community service project for the 2014-2015 year.
"Giving back to the community is a focus of 4-H and our membership does this in a multitude of ways. This year-long focus is one way for us all to give back to one entity together," said Audrey Rider, SDSU Extension State 4-H Events Field Specialist.
4-H members and clubs throughout the state were asked to collect can tabs and brought them to the 4-H Teen Leadership Conference and 2015 State Fair.
Brookings County collects 213 pounds
A state-wide competition was held among the counties and Brookings County won by collecting a total of 213 pounds of pop tabs. Counties who also participated in the contest included; Perkins, Grant, Edmunds, Meade, Jones, Roberts, Haakon/Jackson, Clay, Spink, Douglas, Kingsbury, Hamlin, Corson, Butte, Lawrence, Hutchinson and Codington.
The 1,250 pounds of tabs translate to $500 that Ronald McDonald House will be able to use to provide families with a place to stay while their child is in the hospital.
South Dakota is home to more than 9,000 4-H members. To learn more about South Dakota 4-H and how you and your family can become involved, visit the iGrow 4-H & Youth community page.