4-Hers Learned New Skills during Winter Workshops

Written by Theresa Rose on January 12, 2015

The Lee County 4-H Members have been busy over the Holiday Break. Youth have had the opportunity to participate in three learning workshops offered by the Lee County Extension Office.

In the first workshop, called “The Lee County Livestock Academy,” 4-H members learned about livestock care, showmanship, fair preparation, and livestock judging. Senior 4-H Members (9th-12th Grade) who participate in the 4-H Teen County Council met in advance to organize the day. The Teen County Council Members organized the agenda, content, and presentations. Teen County Council members; Angie Alter, Veterinary Technician from Lee County Veterinary Care; Terry Moeller, representative from Zoetis Animal Health; and Chad Holtkamp of Holtkamp Cattle Company spent the day educating 4-H Members. Additionally participants had the opportunity to get hands on practice showing livestock of many species including pigs, sheep, and rabbits.

In the second workshop, 4-H Members learned to crochet. After the first session, in which members learned to “chain” and “single stitch,” the very basics of crocheting, the participants were so enthused that they requested a second session to practice, ask more questions, and learn more. Volunteer Jean Frueh of Donnellson was happy to oblige and the kids met with Jean for a second time. Many were able to start small projects, having mastered the basics.

Finally in the third workshop, 4-H Members had the opportunity to sew pillowcase dresses. Volunteers Vera Gray of Charelston , Jean Frueh of Donnellson, and Tara Tennant of Donnellson assisted youth in pressing, pinning, cutting, seaming and more to make the finished dresses. Of the workshops volunteer Tara Tennant said “In the digital age in which we live, things like sewing and crocheting are dying arts. I think we have a responsibility to help these kids learn to do them if they have the interest. It is great to see them enthusiastic to make something, they’re all so creative.”

Lee County Extension’s County Youth Educator, Emily Hulsebus said, “We hope to really grow and expand on these project workshops going forward. The 4-H Members have a great time, learn a lot and walk away with new skills and ideas. Their enthusiasm is contagious and I think our volunteers really enjoy helping the kids gain experience in new areas.”

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. One quarter of Iowa’s young people are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. For more information about 4-H or joining, contact Emily Hulsebus at (319) 835-5116 orehulse@iastate.edu.