A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Dec. 27, 2012:

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CORTLAND, Ohio — The Trumbull County 4-H program has received $3,500 from the Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., under a new program that lets Staples associates direct donations.

“A grant of this magnitude is huge for the Trumbull County 4-H program,” said Michelle Adkins, Ohio State University Extension educator for the Trumbull 4-H program.

“The Trumbull County 4-H Advisory Committee is in the process of implementing their strategic plan, which involves increased marketing, the development of an advisor/club mentorship program, and enhanced support and communication for all volunteers and families.”

$1.4 million. The grants are part of a new philanthropic initiative created by Staples Foundation, which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding to non-profit organizations that are focused on education or job skills.

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