AMES, Iowa--Brettyn Grover likes to take photos, hundreds of photos. In fact, the Howard County 4-H’er has so many “good” photos that she decided to turn them into greeting cards.
Brettyn’s photo greeting cards were a hit at a recent silent auction, which raised more than $1,000 for the county 4-H program at the Howard County Fair. Following that success, she decided to make a similar donation, this time to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, which will have its first online auction, running through both the Iowa State Fair and the Clay County Fair (August 9 to September 16).
Proceeds from the auction will help support the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.
Online shoppers can see Brettyn’s photo creations at http://www.ebay.com by searching i4h. Fairgoers also can see the cards at the 4-H Exhibits Building, located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, during the state fair. Brettyn created a visual arts exhibit to share how she makes the photo cards.
The cards are one of a long list of items donated for the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s online auction. The list even has a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle convertible and two 2008 NASCAR tickets up for grabs. Fairgoers can see the items and place bids online at the foundation’s booth in the 4-H Exhibits Building, using computers available at the booth.
Brettyn, who enters eighth grade this fall, enlisted the aid of her younger sister and mother in setting up her greeting card line, which the threesome dubbed, Grover Girls Galleria . The auction prize includes photo cards featuring subjects shot at events such as a Cruise to Cresco car show, a horse show and a drive in the country. As part of the prize, the threesome also will produce up to 50 original cards, using digital photos supplied by the auction winner.
Brettyn’s mother, Vanette Grover, who is a 4-H youth development specialist with ISU Extension, said her girls wouldn’t mind if the greeting cards turned into a small enterprise. “They save their sheep money (another 4-H project) for their college funds and would add any income earned from the cards to those funds as well.”
Vanette also said that the greeting card project is an example of how “the 4-H method helps young people. They learn to set a goal and develop a plan to work toward that goal. They can get past early frustration because they take small steps toward a larger goal.”