Woodbury County 4-H continues to provide activities for club members while practicing social distancing

4-H Kit

With Iowa schools shutting their doors for the remainder of the academic year, the Woodbury County 4-H urban after school clubs refused to call it quits.
The groups led by Christine Craig-Beyerink, Youth Outreach Coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Woodbury County, moved online a few weeks ago and will continue to meet for six weeks.
Each week, a group of around a dozen elementary and another 15 middle school students take part in Zoom meetings where they continue their research-based educational activities with Craig-Beyerink and others from the ISU Extension and Outreach team. The group of middle schoolers meet virtually on Mondays, while the elementary students join their meeting on Tuesdays.
“The excitement that was felt by all with the first week of meetings told us we made the right choice to go virtual with these kids,” said Craig-Beyerink.
The learning activities provided by the 4-H afterschool clubs typically use recycled materials that can be found around the houses of the youngsters. To be sure that all the students would have the essential items, Craig-Beyerink and others put together kits that parents could pick up, free of charge, to take home and use at future meetings or on their own.
“I have had parents tell me on the phone that they couldn’t be more grateful that we reached out,” Craig-Beyerink noted. “We want to keep doing these activities with the youth and continue to make an impact with everything going on.”
A few extra kits are available to 4-H families looking for educational activities for their elementary and middle school aged students. The child must be a current 4-H member to be eligible for the kits, while supplies last. For more information on the take home kits or joining a Woodbury County 4-H after school club, e-mail ccraigb@iastate.edu or call 712-224-3363.

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