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Other highlights from Hardin, Boone, Story and Marshall counties:
- Teen Maze 2011
Story County Extension Youth 4-H Coordinator Mary Wilkins acted as a track leader during the first Teen Maze in April. This event, sponsored by Division 11 Kiwanis and YSS, had 36 partnering agencies bring real-life scenarios to 800 seventh graders from Story, Boone and Greene counties. The Teen Maze provided youth with a hands-on taste of potential effects of life choices in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Fourteen maze stops covered topics in mental health, health and wellness, relationships and life skills. Topics such as tobacco use, abstinence, depression, employment and financial literacy provided the participants with an opportunity to interact with volunteers and role play real-life situations.
- 4-H Volunteer Projects
Six Boone County 4-H clubs did extreme cabin makeovers (cleaning, painting, repairs, electrical improvements, etc.) on five cabins at the Iowa 4-H Camping Center in Boone County. More than 500 youth used the cabins during the summer camping season. Volunteers from the Albion Ables 4-H Club moved a flag pole from the community center at the north end of Albion to the city park. The flag pole is now flying the American flag and the POW/MIA flag. The pole will be rededicated later in honor of Albion school alumni, Albion community volunteers and military families.
- 4-H’er s Send Hugs to Our Heroes
The Hardin County 4-H Council initiated a collection of items for care packages to be sent local servicemen and women in the 1-133rd Battalion unit of Iowa Falls serving in Afghanistan. They held a fundraiser at their county 4-H awards night, received a Reach Out Iowa grant and solicited donations to cover postage costs of mailing the care packages. They sent 81 boxes containing 1,100 items to the troops in the 1-133rd Battalion.
- First LEGO League
Hardin County 4-H offered a special interest club opportunity to nine- to 14-year-old youth in Hardin County. After receiving a grant from Rockwell-Collins, the 4-H program recruited a coach and 10 youth interested in robotics and computer programming. They built and programmed a robot and prepared an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. The club competed in a regional competition and won the Inspiration Award. The club plans to build on its success and looks forward to competing in next year’s regional competition.
- For more information, visit: Hardin, Boone, Story and Marshall county webpages