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Saturday, June 22, 2024

4-H program thrives during pandemic

At Tuesday’s Cottonwood County Commissioners meeting, Cottonwood County 4-H Coordinator Crystal Reith updated the board on programming that has been offered over the past year.

Due to the COVID pandemic, much of the 4-H programming has been done virtually.

However, Reith said that many clubs and individuals have participated in service projects and various other programming.

One program included creating care packages for nursing homes in the county. Reith said that program will continue in the fall and expand to assisted living facilities.

Additionally, 282 youth in grades 2-4 have taken part in a Lego robotics program, and roughly 159 new participants enrolled in 4-H through participation in monthly project kits that were sent home with students.

“I feel we’ve done a good job reaching and teaching youth in the area,” Reith said.

Reith said that two county programs were recognized with North Central Regional awards — the Lego robotics program and the Down on the Farm program.

Reith added plans are moving forward for in-person county and state fairs. This year’s county fair will include a photo contest of county landmarks, with a People’s Choice Award presented after the fair.

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