4-H youths collect canned goods at Good Shepherd

By JENNIFER HUDNALL Extension Agent for 4-H Published:

Within the Franklin County 4- H school club program, youth are encouraged to complete a citizenship project. Not all 4-H school clubs take on the offer. However, Mrs. Wilsons fifth class took the idea of giving back to the community and ran with it. This project serves as a great example of the power of our 4-H youth.

Youth in Wilsons class organized a canned food drive as a part of the 4-H citizenship challenge. These youth challenged homerooms to bring in canned foods for St. Vincent de Paul Society which is Good Shepherd Churchs outreach feeding program for those in need.

Each morning, students collected cans from each homeroom. They carried the food from the classrooms into the computer lab and kept close count of the amount of food given by each class each day. The students then carefully recorded the number of cans.

In math class they made graphs to display in the cafeteria so that each class would see their donation progress throughout the week. In the afternoons, they also announced which homerooms had brought in the most canned goods. They challenged their fellow classmates to bring more in each day.

At the end of the food drive, youth found great reward in restocking the food pantry. With the help of dedicated parents, teachers and school personnel, these Good Shepherd 4-H youth donated 1,529 cans to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

4-H Camp

4-H camp applications will be available on March 1 at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service Office. Teen and adult counselor applications will be available as well. 4-H camp will be held July 3-7 at North Central 4-H Camp in Carlisle. This year camp will be a traditional five-day camping experience.

The fee for camp is $125. Camp applications must be picked up and returned between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The deadline for turning in applications is June 5.

4-H Livestock Meeting

The 4-H Livestock club will be meeting at Rockland Farm on March 6. All youth will be learning about beef cattle production. All youth enrolled in the 4-H Livestock Program are encouraged to attend!

4-H Demonstration Contest

Dont forget about the upcoming 4-H Demonstration Contest. The contest will be held at the Franklin County Extension Service Office at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7. All participants are encouraged to arrive early to get registered. Youth can win a free trip to 4-H camp this summer if they win their category. See you there!

4-H Calendar

March 6 Livestock Meeting, Rockland Farm, 6 p.m.

March 6 Shooting Sports Meeting, 6:30

March 7 Demonstration Contest, 6

March 9 Peaks Mill 5th Grade Afterschool

March 15 Bridgeport 5th Grade Afterschool

March 16 4-H Council Camp Planning Committee Meeting

March 23 4-H Variety Show, 6:30

April 28 Pop Tab Collection Deadline

May 4-5 TFCA Environmental Camp

May 11 Fashion Review, 6

June 8 -4-H Cooking Camp, 9 a.m.

June 12-16 4-H Teen Conference at UK

June 20 Camper Orientation at Peaks Mill, 6 p.m.

July 3-7 4-H Camp

July 17-22 Franklin County Fair

July 3-7 4-H Summer Camp

(Unless otherwise noted, all events and meetings are at the Extension Office).

The Franklin County Extension Office is located at 101 Lakeview Ct. The telephone number is 695-9035. Web site is http://ces.ca.uky.edu/franklin. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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