Posted on March 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM by Global Reach
The year 2011 was a big year for 4-H, as many exciting changes came to Clarke County 4-H.
o We received a $500 mini grant to start an Environmental Club.
o We organized a 4-H and Youth Committee. This committee is made up of both youth and adults to help promote and grow the 4-H program and make recommendations to the Extension Council.
o We also re-established the Murray Clover Kids Program with 18 participants.
o Began organizing an Osceola Clover Kids Program and received a $500 local grant to help get it started.
o Re-established a 4-H awards Night. The first on was held at the end of October.
o Re-established an active Youth Council
o A new program called 4-H Online was established. In 2011, only CYC had access to this program, but for the 2012 re-enrollment year, 4-H families would re-enroll their children online instead of on paper. This is where they would also identify their animals instead of using the ID sheets and register for state and national 4-H events.
In 2012, we began the Osceola Clover Kids, meeting once a month right after school at the elementary with over 50 participants at each meeting
Started organizing project workshops, including Visual Arts and Woodworking. In conjunction with these workshops, we have seen a tremendous increase in exhibits in our exhibit building during the county fair
As of April 2012 we currently have 10 4-H clubs, 91 Clover Kids (grades K-3rd), and 141 4-H members (grades 4th-12th). We also have 20 4-H leaders and numerous volunteers.
Received the 4-H/ MG Wal-Mart grant. 4-Hers had nine plots at the Community Diversity Gardens where they grew, maintained, and harvested a variety of herbs, vegetables, and much more.
We are starting to see a small increase in Hispanic enrollment.
In conjunction with Union County, we received a STEM grant for a Lego League team.
4-H members, volunteers and parents helped volunteer one day at the Iowa State Fair at the Little Hands on the Farm.
4-Hers went to the Science Center of Iowa where they got to stay the night and experience an actual mummy and watch an IMAX movie.