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Iowa 4-H Youth Wins National Award


AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa youth is one of five high-school age national honorees in the 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Kevin Peyton of Sac City has been honored for outstanding volunteer service to his community with a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant to a charitable organization of his choice.

A nine-year 4-H member, Peyton rallied residents throughout his rural county to help him make large, wooden barn quilts and mount them on historic barns and other buildings in Sac County. The effort not only brought communities together but also boosted economic development.

Borrowing an idea from another Iowa county, Peyton devised a plan to paint colorful quilt patterns on large sheets of plywood and mount them on barns and corncribs throughout the county.

Peyton took his idea to local organizations, solicited grants and donations totaling more than $17,000, purchased materials, asked local quilters to select designs and recruited 4-H members and other volunteers to paint the quilts. As of fall 2005, the effort resulted in 35 mounted barn quilts on a tour route that Peyton designed to take visitors through every town in the county (viewable at www.barnquilts.com).

The Barn Quilts of Sac County have generated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and pride in our area,” reports Peyton, who is now working on a second phase of the project before he begins his freshman year at Iowa State University in the fall.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Iowa, 4-H is headquartered on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus in Ames and brought to every county through ISU Extension. More information about 4-H and ISU Extension is viewable at www.extension.iastate.edu.

Prudential Financial, Inc. presents  the Spirit of Community Awards each year. The company is headquartered in Newark, N.J. and is on the Web at www.prudential.com.

Contacts :
Mitchell Hoyer, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu
Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu