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February 6, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Story County office hosted the On Their Own and Okay youth program in January at the Gilbert Intermediate School.  Ten youth met weekly afterschool for threes week and identified ways to stay home on their own safely for a short time.  They recognized how house rules provide safety and identified activities that help avoid boredom or loneliness while home alone.  Students also learned to make simple snacks.

February 6, 2020

A Babysitting Basics class for students in fifth grade and up is being offered by ISU Extension and Outreach on Friday, February 21 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and will be held at the Roland Public Library. 

January 30, 2020

Story County ISU Extension and Outreach is offering a program for students in 6th-9th grade titled Healthy Body Healthy Mind.  It is being held Monday, February 10 at the Elks Lodge in Ames. 

August 8, 2019

On Their Own and Ok for students in 4th-6th grades. For youth who may begin staying home on their own for a short time. Through activities and conversation, participants will explore family rules, ways to avoid boredom, safety, emergencies, and make lunch and a snack. Youth will share about their day and what they learned at 4:30 pm.

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March 27, 2019

Story County hosted a variety of youth programs during this spring break at the Story County Extension office.

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