4-H offers holiday fun, learning
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4-H wants to partner with local families this holiday season to promote youth development in fun, free and educational ways. There are three main programs being offered – Holiday Crafts, an interest meeting for a new 4-H Club, and at-home activity kits.
First, Holiday Crafts is an event hosted by Caldwell County 4-H in Lenoir at the Caldwell County Meeting Rooms (below the Lenoir library) on December 10, 2022 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Families with youth ages 5-18 are welcome to attend. Craft materials and ideas will be provided by our local 4-H Clubs. This event has become an annual tradition for 4-H Clubs and families.
Completed crafts can be taken home or donated to local senior citizens as a community service effort.
Youth do not have to be 4-H members to participate, but there is an Eventbrite page where families can RSVP at go.ncsu.edu/holidaycrafts.
4-H requests families arrive around 9:30 a.m. and stay as long as they are able.
At this event, Caldwell County 4-H is not responsible for youth supervision, and parents or guardians must stay with their youth for the duration of the program.
Interest meeting for new club
Secondly, on December 6 at 6 p.m. – just a few days prior to Holiday Crafts – 4-H will also host an interest meeting for a brand new 4-H Club at the Caldwell County Meeting Rooms. The new club will be especially for ages 5-7.
Young people ages 8-9 or older can join the new club, but activities will be prepared for the younger age range. In 4-H, this beginning age range of 5-7 is endearingly referred to as “Cloverbuds.” Families do not have to currently be involved in 4-H to attend the interest meeting.
At-home activity kits
The other educational program that 4-H has coming up are its at-home activity kits, designed for families with youth ages 5-18. They are ready in time for the winter school break, and they can be offered at no cost to families because Caldwell County 4-H is a United Way member agency.
There are three kit types. One is focused on veterinary sciences and is recommended for youth at the middle school level. The second is themed around computer science, and has supplies and instructions for making a holiday ornament based on binary code. The third is themed around healthy living. Families can make homemade butter and popcorn and learn about family history and culture related to foods.
Both the second and third are appropriate for youth ages 5-18.
There are limited supplies of each kit, so people are encouraged to reserve their kit in advance at go.ncsu.edu/winter-kits. They are available for pick up at the Cooperative Extension office November 28-December 22. The address is 120 Hospital Avenue, Suite 1, Lenoir, NC.
Educators can also contact Sarah to discuss at-school distribution for a class or grade.
For these or other programs, 4-H will be happy to work with parents or guardians to accommodate a child’s needs. Accommodation requests related to a disability can be best served if they are made at least three weeks prior to an event to Sarah Kocher at 828-757-1258 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She also welcomes general event questions.
Sarah Kocher is the 4-H Youth Development Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center. The N.C. Cooperative Extension, Caldwell County Center, 120 Hospital Ave. NE #1 in Lenoir, provides access to resources of N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University through educational programs and publications.