August 2020 4-H Saskatchewan Monthly Update

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August 2020

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In July, 4-H Saskatchewan held AGM virtually through GoToMeeting. It was exciting to see all the smiling faces through this virtual platform.

NEW - Volunteer Leader Training We are excited to bring you some new training in the 2020/21 4-H year! Since this is new this year, only two leaders from each club must complete the training BEFORE the leader registration deadline on October 15. This year, there are some new Youth Safety Policies, along with some new reporting for leaders. Since this is new information, the 4-H Saskatchewan staff will be hosting some Leader Training Webinars: • • • • • • •

August 11 - 10:00 a.m. with Shelby Longworth, the North East Regional 4-H Specialist August 13 - 7:00 p.m. with Kaitlyn Keller, the South West Regional 4-H Specialist August 17 - 7:00 p.m. with Kalynne Martin, the North West Regional 4-H Specialist August 19 - 10:00 a.m. with Melodi Hawkesford-Lee, the South East Regional 4-H Specialist August 25 - 7:00 p.m. with Shelby Longworth, the North East Regional 4-H Specialist August 27 - 10:00 a.m. with Kaitlyn Keller, the South West Regional 4-H Specialist September – recorded session available online

During the live training dates, you will be able to interact with the 4-H Saskatchewan staff and ask your questions. All the live training webinars will be recorded. After the live trainings are finished, a recorded webinar video will be put together for leaders who could not attend the live training sessions to watch on their own time. After completing both the live or prerecorded webinar, leader will then take a knowledge quiz. They will then be mailed out a completion certificate. To find out more information about the training webinars, including how to register, and other important information about volunteer screening and training, please visit


4-H Saskatchewan Events & Opportunities Please remember to continue to check the COVID-19 Preparedness page, as there may be changes made to these programs in the future.

4-H Lottery is a Great Club Fundraiser! Please note: Although the lottery tickets are still for sale, 4-H’ers are asked to take precautions when selling. Clubs must still follow all the requirements and restrictions for allowable activities laid out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Government of Saskatchewan, 4-H Saskatchewan and 4-H Canada. Since selling tickets in person would also be considered a club activity, please make sure to fill out the COVID-19 waiver, found at Your club can get involved by selling tickets for the annual Saskatchewan 4-H Lottery! Participating clubs or districts receive 60 per cent of sales value of their completely sold books. All of the proceeds from the lottery support 4-H. The remaining 40 per cent of sales is invested into regional and provincial 4-H programs! Thank you to our Grand Prize Supporters, Yara Belle Plaine Inc. with A.E. Peacock students! Other prizes will include: • 1 – iPad Pro 128GB – donated by Cooperative Hail Insurance • 2 – $500 Advertising Vouchers – donated by The Western Producer • 1 – $1,000 CAA Travel Gift Card – donated by CAA Saskatchewan • 1 – iPad 6th Generation 32GB – donated by Staples • 1 – Patio Set and Table – donated by Lowe’s • 1 – $500 VIA Rail gift card – donated by VIA Rail

Garden Shed or Gazebo Made by the students at A.E. Peacock School, with material donated by Yara Belle Plaine Inc.

Tickets are $5 each and the 50/50 add-on is $2. Please note: you must buy a lottery ticket to purchase a 50/50 add-on. The draw will be made on December 17, 2020. Contact the 4-H Office to order your ticket books. Prizes may not be exactly as pictured. Lottery pending approved license. Lottery books must now be returned to the office by December 1, 2020. This gives you more time to sell lottery tickets in person. To learn more about the lottery, please visit or contact the 4-H office at 306-933-7727. A huge thank you goes out to all of our lottery supporters, including Grand Prize supporters Yara Belle Plaine and the students/teachers at A.W. Peacock Collegiate and other supporters, Cooperative Hail Insurance, Western Producer, CAA Saskatchewan, Staples, Lowe’s and VIA Rail. A selling pledge form is available for clubs selling tickets. This is a great tool to allow 4-H clubs to continue selling their tickets without meeting people in person. On the form, write down the buyer’s name, contact information and how many tickets they want. After receiving payment by mailed cheque, you can mail them their tickets.


Register Now!

FREE Virtual 4-H Summer Camp! Dates: August 17-21, 2020 with sessions at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Online, through GoToMeeting Ages: 9-14 years old Registration deadline: August 10, 2020 Packages will be mailed out to ALL registered, but they are not guaranteed to arrive before the camp start date. We are bringing the summer camp experience into your own home! There will be skills sessions, fun educational sessions and we will even try to host some campfire evenings! Sessions will include some online activities, but others will have a short online presentation and then 4-H’ers will do the activities on their own. Can’t commit to the entire week, but are still interested in the virtual camp? No problem! You can attend one session, multiple sessions or all sessions! Registration form for this free event is available on the 4-H website.

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Virtual 4-H Judging Clinic Provincial 4-H Judging (set to be held August 14-15) has been cancelled for 2020. The program committee looks forward to welcoming participants back to the Regional competitions in Saskatoon, Whitewood, Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Weyburn and Swift Current in 2021. To ensure our members have an opportunity to practice and develop their judging and critical thinking skills this year, 4-H Saskatchewan will be working to host a Virtual Judging Clinic for all ages in the fall. Watch for more information on the website and our social media channels!


Communications Competition Are you wanting to show off your communication skills? Do you enjoy public speaking, writing or visual art? The Communications Competition is for you! Topic for the competition will be “Head, Heart, Hands and Health in Action.” This is open to interpetation by each competitor. There will be three categories: • Video • Presentation/Demonstration - In this category, you will write and film your own demonstration or presentation. You are able to use props and visual aids, which could include PowerPoint, physical items and more. It must be self-authored and original. • Performance Art - This category will allow you to perform a monologue or play. You can use props to help with the performance piece. This can be pieces written by other playewrights. • Written • News/Essay - Write your own news article or essay, based around the topic. You will have to research and present in in proper format. • Short Story - Do you prefer wrting fiction over non-fiction? This category is for you! Write a short story around the topic. • Visual • Digital - Create a poster around the topic, using digital means. You can use software such as Photoshop to create your poster, as well as photographs, clip art, digital art and more. • Hand-drawn - Using traditional media, such as pencil, markers, crayons, paints, etc., you will create an original art piece around the topic. Each participant can have one entry into each category, or just enter into the category which interests you the most! It is open to all age categories - Cloverbud, Junior, Intermediate, Senior and Adult! Submissions must be received by August 21. Registration form and full participant package with more details is available on the 4-H Saskatchewan website.


Exploring 4-H At Home

We know you might be looking for ideas to do with your 4-H’ers while they are at home. We are working on weekly activities under each of the Leadership Development Pillars – Communications & Community Engagement, Science & Technology, Environment & Healthy Living and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security. Weekly activities will be posted in the Facebook group “Exploring 4-H At Home” and PDF worksheets will be available on the 4-H website at We encourage our membership to share the activities they have completed on social media, using the hashtag #exploring4hathome, as well as join the Facebook group. There are also extra ideas, colouring pages, activity sheets, contests and and other resources available. If you can’t find something you’re looking for, be sure to contact you regional 4-H specialist for more options. Share your ideas and completed Exploring 4-H At Home activities on the group page! #exploring4hathome

Ag Awareness Initiative Program The Agriculture Awareness Initiative Program provides support to build awareness and trust in modern agriculture. The program is designed to help individuals and organizations tell the story of Saskatchewan agriculture. The AAIP is a proposal-based program for education and training, to engage producers in awareness efforts, as well as the development and delivery of tools, resources and communication materials to enhance the understanding of and trust in ag. To learn more about this grant funding program, visit the Government website at

Next deadline: October 1, 2020


In-Person 4-H Programming Suspended The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has made the 2020 4-H year unique. Since March, the board of directors has been monitoring the situation and keeping the health of our youth members, leaders, families and communities as our top priority as we move forward.      • On March 16, 2020, ALL in person programming was suspended until at least April 13.   • On April 13, 2020, ALL in person programming was further suspended until at least June 15.   • On June 5, 2020, it was announced that all district, regional and provincial programming would be suspended until August 31, 2020. In-person club activities would be able to resume when government restrictions allowed them to. 4-H is considered a recreational activity. • In the Government Reopen Saskatchewan Plan, outdoor recreational activities are allowed in Phase 4, Part 1, which began on Monday, June 22, 2020.  • In the Government Reopen Saskatchewan Plan, indoor recreational activities are allowed in Phase 4, Part 2.2, which began on Monday, July 6, 2020.

4-H Club Activities   Indoor In-Person Club Activities are allowed as of July 6. • In Phase 4, clubs may be able to begin to hold in person-activities provided that meet restrictions set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Government of Saskatchewan, 4-H Saskatchewan or 4-H Canada (eg. Size of gathering, safety precautions).  • See the 4-H Club activity Planning Guide at www.4-h. • Participation must be voluntary and members should not be penalized for not attending in-person events. • ALL participants at in person events must sign the MANDATORY 4-H COVID PARTICIPATION WAIVER BEFORE participating at the event/activity available at www.4-h. These must be collected by the General Leader and submitted to 4-H Saskatchewan immediately after the event.

District, Regional and Provincial Events:  • ALL in person 4-H events and activities at the district, regional and provincial level must be suspended for the remainder of the membership year (until August 31, 2020)  • This means that events like regional shows, public speaking competitions, summer camp, and judging will not be taking place in person this year, but some will be held in other ways. See the 4-H Programming Update below for more details on each of these events.


• Person-to-person 4-H activities and events at these levels are not allowed and will not be covered by 4-H insurance. Virtual events and meetings are allowed – these must follow 4-H policy.   We call on the 4-H family to proactively work to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities.  All 4-H’ers are expected to follow guidance from the provincial and federal government.    • Saskatchewan Health Authority:        • Health Canada    You can find all the information about the Government’s ReOpen Saskatchewan Plan at https://www.saskatchewan. ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/ emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/ re-open-saskatchewan-plan  The Saskatchewan 4-H Council will continue to monitor government health information and the responses of other 4-H and youth organizations, as well as school divisions. We will share any updates or changes as soon as possible, should they arise. If you have any concerns, please call the 4-H office at 306-933-7727. We’ll Come Together, by Staying Apart, for our clubs, our communities, our country, and our world.


LOCAL CLUB EVENTS    In-Person Indoor Club Activities are allowed as of Monday, July 6, 2020 provided they meet the restrictions set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Government of Saskatchewan, 4-H Saskatchewan or 4-H Canada.  The 4-H office will provide a checklist resource for Club Events taking place in Phase 4:  • they meet the restrictions and guidelines set out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Government of Saskatchewan (for example, social distancing measures and/or cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place,  PPE is used where appropriate, and the limits to size of gatherings/numbers of participants are followed)  • participation is voluntary and each participant has signed a mandatory COVID-19 Participation Waiver.    • any additional 4-H guidelines requirements are followed.

2019/20 Achievement and Membership Completion  • We recognize the hard work 4-H’ers dedicated to the program and are aware of the disruption this will cause to achievement and show season.   • 4-H Saskatchewan has prepared information and guidance for clubs to complete their 4-H year, albeit in a modified way.   • 4-H Members have until August 31, 2020 to complete all member credit requirements. Remember to be compassionate and understanding of various personal situations and handle them case by case. Please consider making exceptions for the 2019-2020 club year due to restrictions of COVID-19.   4-H Members can complete their year early without penalty.  • All clubs are able complete their projects as they see fit.   • There are ideas for clubs for Achievement Days available at in the “Contingency Plans” section  • Clubs are asked to report how they chose to demonstrate project work to the 4-H Office so that this information can be used in our reporting. You can find the “Club Year End Reporting Form” at achievement-day under the “Resources” section  For market animal projects  • As no in person show & sales are being held this year, clubs and individual members are able to sell their animals as they see fit.   • Market animal projects are asked to report how they sold their animals this year. You can find the Club Year End Market Animal Project Requirement” form at   2020/21 Membership Year   • We are presently preparing for fall programming and club registration to be able to run as normal in September. The provincial 4-H office is monitoring the situation and encourages all 4-H’ers to look to official sources to do the same. As the situation continues to evolve, it is possible further postponement or restrictions could be required.    DISTRICT & REGIONAL EVENTS   • District Meetings scheduled before August 31 must be postponed or transitioned to a conference or video call. Contact your specialist for support hosting a conference or video call.   • Regional and Provincial in person Judging events have been cancelled. An online judging clinic for all ages will be available in the fall. More information is available on page 3.

PROVINCIAL PROGRAMS   • The Saskatchewan 4-H Council AGM was held as an online, digital meeting.   • 4-H Summer Camp will be held as a digital event in August. More information is available on page 3.   • 2020 Regional and Provincial 4-H Public Speaking will not be held.     • Equine Symposiumwas held digitally. You can find more informationThe resources are available ca/4hathome       • 4-H Citizenship was held digitally. The resources are available   • There is a new Communications Competition being held virtually. Information is available on page 4 and registration form and participant package is available at   • Fall in person events are still scheduled:  • Science Day held digitally on October 11  • Seniors Weekend in Saskatoon on November 20-22  • Leaderama is scheduled in person in Melfort and Moose Jaw on December 12, 2020.  ADMINISTRATION   • The Saskatchewan 4-H Council office has LIMITED ACCESS to the public until further notice.    • Arrangements can be made to pick up or drop off club supplies by calling 306-933-7727. • 4-H Staff are still available to support you by phone or email. Please be aware staff are working remotely or have modified hours but will respond as soon as they are able.    • All store and achievement day orders will still be processed by the office and mailed out. Please have patience, as there may be delays in receiving your packages.   MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:   This is an unprecedented situation and a trying time. Please take care of each other and yourselves. Leaders are encouraged to share resources for mental health and support in your clubs and your networks.       If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Provincial 4-H Office at 306-933-7727.  You can find the most up-to-date information on the 4-H website at


Regional Updates North West Region

North East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

North West Ambassadors

North East Ambassadors

Message to the North West

Message to the North East

Hi North West 4-H’ers!

Happy Summer Everyone!

I am excited for the warmer weather and the sunshine that we have had lately, I could do without the wind though. I typically enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family during this time and I am still trying to make it outside regularly. Although we aren’t able to do that with anyone outside of our houses quite yet, don’t forget to take time to relax and enjoy the benefits of the sun (while wearing sunscreen of course!).

What are everyone’s plans for the summer? I am planning on lots of home renovations projects and lots of camping! Also, there are a lot of fun 4-H events coming up to look forward to, such as the online Communications Competition, the online 4-H Summer Camp, and more! We hope that everyone can take the time to check out these events, and try something new this year.

• Cameron Choquette, District #22, Toon Town 4-H Club • Becky Huber, District #24, Handel Multiple 4-H Club • Louise Sroka, District#35, Maidstone Gully Multiple 4-H Club

• Summer Norman, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Niki Panter, Clint Panter • Members: Brooklyn Trask, Cole Reid and Tiara Thiessen

If you and your family are doing anything exciting this summer or you just want to share it with me, I want to hear about it! I would have seen most of you by now through regional shows or achievement days and I am sad that it has been so long since I’ve seen my favorite people! Whether it is learning a new skill, updating things around your home or just enjoying some down time, send me pictures and/or post them to my North West Facebook Page as I love staying up to date with everyone! As always, I am here and happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have, please phone me or send me an email and we can chat. I hope you all have a safe and fun summer and I can’t wait to see you all again soon! Kalynne Martin North West Regional 4-H Specialist


• Mike Kirzinger, District #21, Viscount 4-H Beef Club • Michell Heidecker, District #28, Three Lakes 4-H Beef Club • Trena Hoffus-Preston, District #32, RRRR 4-H Multiple Club • Becca Fitzsimmons, District #21, Viscount 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Miranda Heidecker • Members: Danica Kiefer, Ruby Kinash and Jessica Runn

One of the silver linings from this year was all the pictures and videos of 4-H members on social media showing off their projects. I LOVED seeing all the hard work that you all put into your projects. Hopefully you learned some tricks that you will still utilize in the years to come. Remembersharing your 4-H story doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can use the power of social media to showcase your project work throughout the entire year too! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime! I hope that you are all staying healthy, happy, and safe. Shelby Longworth North East Regional 4-H Specialist

Meet the 4-H Saskatchewan delegate to the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Council (YAC): Brett Rumpel, District #37, Longlaketon Multiple 4-H Club

South West Region

South East Region

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors

Meet the Advisory Council

Meet the Advisory Council

South West Ambassadors

South East Ambassadors

Message to the South West

Message to the South East

Hello SW 4-Hers,

Hello South East 4-H’ers! I hope you are all hanging in there, despite the COVID-19 restrictions. I encourage you to continue learning to do by doing, no matter what circumstances you are in right now.

• Stan Figley, District #40, Kyle Multiple 4-H Club • Alvin Pawlitza, District #11, Abbey-Lancer 4-H Beef Club • Nora Schock, District #10, Maple Creek Multiple 4-H Club

• Kennedy MacNeil, District #8, Missouri Coteau 4-H Multiple Club • Leaders: Stacey Hawkins and CRobyn MacNeil • Members: Avery Bayda, Hanna Leipert and Makaila Peutert

I look forward to seeing many of you virtually at the Regional and Provincial AGM meetings! Heading into July I hope you all had a great 4-H year. Our Motto ‘Learn to Do by Doing’ truly came into play this year for all levels of 4-H from club level all the way to provincial level events. I have had a blast seeing all of your completion videos and write ups. Remember to send those in so we can include them in our celebration video. If you are starting to meet again as project groups have fun with your learning over the next month! Make sure to check out #exloring4hathome to see some fun activities and project ideas for the all level of 4-Hers. Kaitlyn Keller South West Regional 4-H Specialist

Meet the 18-year-old Member Delegates to the Board of Directors:

• Glenn Gress, District #1, Browning Multiple Club • Jason Frey, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club • Brittany Stepp, District #7, Radville 4-H Beef Club

Grace Christensen, District #41, Alameda 4-H Beef Club

• Leaders: Susan Avramenko, Paula Beattie and Tannis MacFarlane Kelly • Members: Jana Rumpel, Madeline Christensen and Jesse Procyk

I, too, have been learning to do by doing, even while working from home and home-schooling my children.For example, I learned that my daughter’s attention span for school work is about 10 minutes – 15, tops. I learned that my son is great at cleaning his room in a pinch so he can play Xbox…just don’t look under his bed. I learned that you might have to do an impromptu video conference call for work, so if you are in your pajamas and haven’t brushed your hair or teeth yet, your coworkers will find out pretty darn quick! So no matter what you have been up to these days, don’t forget to ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” You might be surprised at your answers! In the meantime, try to stay positive and hang in there! We’ll get through this! Melodi Hawkesford-Lee South East Regional 4-H Specialist

Kati Culbertson, District #41, Alida and Area 4-H Beef Club Dylan Watt, District #22, Saskatoon 4-H Beef Club 9

4-H Canada Opportunities 4-H Canada Healthy Living Intiatives

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to properly care for their bodies and make choices that improve their overall health. In this resource, you will find tip sheets for both yourself as a 4-H leader, and for your 4-H members. You will find that these tip sheets complement each other and share important information that connect to all aspects of healthy living! Some of the resources include tip sheets for members and leaders, an activity guide and more! Learn more at

Resources in this focus area will allow youth and leaders to achieve a state of well-being where they are able to reach their own potential and make positive contributions to their community. Ten tip sheets with important and usable information related to this focus area are available for downloading and printing. Five tip sheets are geared towards volunteer leaders and five are geared towards youth members.Learn more at

Steeped in Soil Steeped in Soil encourages 4-H members to understand and appreciate the importance of healthy soils. Through the Steeped in Soil activities, 4-H clubs and their members get their hands dirty as they learn the nitty-gritty about soils, explore healthy soils with hands-on activities, and participate in science experiments. For the health and safety of the 4-H community during the COVID-19 outbreak, 4-H clubs are unable to meet in person. Instead of sending Steeped in Soil activity kits to clubs to use at their meetings, we’re sharing our Steeped in Soil resources for 4-H’ers to download and explore at home! You can find them at


4-H Saskatchewan is a project-based youth organization dedicated to the growth and development of our members, leaders, volunteers, and staff through our motto:

Learn To Do By Doing

Board of Directors The role of the Board of Directors is to set direction and policy of the 4-H program. They contribute to defining the organization’s Mission, Vision and Core Values and governing their fulfillment.


Glenn Gress coming soon! Cameron Choquette


The provincial office is made up of a dynamic staff team ready to serve our new and existing members, leaders and clubs throughout the province. The provincial office staff is happy to be of assistance, so please do not hesitate to contact us.



Address: 3830 Thatcher Avenue Saskatoon, SK. S7R 1A5 Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Closed on holidays


(306) 933-7729

Cera Youngson

COMMUNICATIONS Jodi Schellenberg

(306) 933-6961


(306) 933-7728

Karrie Watson


(306) 933-7727

Shirley Wensley


(306) 933-7731

Sandi Sirois


Shelby Corey

(306) 933-7348

REGIONAL 4-H SPECIALISTS Each region has a regional 4-H specialist available to support the members, leaders, and clubs in that region. Contact your regional 4-H specialist with questions, or if you require support. They are also happy to help with club start-ups, and offer workshops for clubs. NORTH WEST

Kalynne Martin

Office: 306-933-6723 Cell: 306-280-3755 Email:


Kaitlyn Keller

Office: 306-964-1545 Cell: 306-229-2064 Email:

306-327-8460 (C) coming soon! coming soon!

Mike Kirzinger Michell Heidecker Trena Hoffus-Preston

306-944-4244 (H) coming soon! coming soon!

Stan Figley Alvin Pawlitza Nora Schock

306-375-2775 (H) 306-689-2597 (H) 306-662-2951 (H)

Glenn Gress Jason Frey Brittany Stepp

306-487-3279 (H) coming soon! 306-861-4179 (H)

Dylan Watt Kati Culbertson

coming soon! 306-452-7234 (H)


Provincial 4-H Office

Phone: (306) 933-7727 Fax: (306) 933-7730 E-mail:

Cameron Choquette Becky Huber Louise Sroka






coming soon!

Youth Advisory Council The Youth Advisory Council brings the opinions, ideas, and voice of youth 4-H members to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council.


Shelby Longworth



Melodi Hawkesford-Lee

Office: 306-787-1958 Cell: 306-529-5446 Email:

306-689-2597 (H)


NORTH EAST Office: 306-964-1544 Cell: 306-220-6315 Email:

306-946-3237 (W)

Norman Becca Fitzsimmons Kennedy MacNeil Grace Christensen coming soon! glchristensen.34@



Dylan Watt Kati Culbertson

coming soon! 306-452-7234 (H)


Contact your Regional Representatives if you would like to share your opinions, suggestions, or concerns relating to the Saskatchewan 4-H Council’s policy, programming or direction.


Calendar of 4-H Events Communications Competition


Held virtually

Online 4-H Summer Camp

August 17-21

Held virtually

Virtual 4-H Judging Clinic

Fall 2020 (TBD)

Held virtually

Science Day

Oct. 11

Held Virtually

Seniors’ Weekend

Nov. 20-22



Dec. 12

Melfort & Moose Jaw

Lottery Draw Date

Dec. 17

Saskatoon 12

4-H Saskatchewan

Deadlines Final Camp Registration

Aug. 10

Communication Competition Entry

Aug 21

Leader Registration

Oct. 15

Club Registration

Nov. 15



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