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4-H offers care after school

4-H Afterschool is a special focused effort within the 4-H Youth Development Program that helps 4-H and other youth-serving organizations create and improve programs across the U.S. 4-H Afterschool employs various delivery methods to enhance the ...

4-H Afterschool is a special focused effort within the 4-H Youth Development Program that helps 4-H and other youth-serving organizations create and improve programs across the U.S. 4-H Afterschool employs various delivery methods to enhance the resources available through the Cooperative Extension System of the land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The primary goals of 4-H Afterschool are to provide youth development training to program staff, make curriculum available to youth and to organize 4-H clubs in after-school programs.

Nationally, in any given day, 15 million children -- more than a quarter of our children -- are alone and unsupervised after school. The parents of 18 million would enroll their children in an afterschool program, if they were available.

While not having any actual 4-H Afterschool Clubs in Jamestown, 4-H and the Stutsman County Extension Office participate in local after school programs available due to a 21st Century Grant by presenting programs of interest at the various elementary schools. These programs are designed for children and youth from kindergarten to fifth grade to engage the children in physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs. Most of the lessons are hands on and meant to give the youth an opportunity to try something new.

Areas of interest that have been made available to the local schools include: animal tracks, backyard birds, bicycles, bugs, emergency first aid, entrepreneurship, gardening, geology, good snacks, knots, magnetism, electricity, seed collections, texture and color, what is a soil, weather wise, and many more.

By allowing these students a safe, learning environment after school, parents and teachers feel confident students have more options rather than being left alone and unsupervised.

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Stutsman County 4-H has a variety of organized clubs and programs designed for all youth ages 5-18. For those interested in learning more about 4-H and what it can offer contact the Stutsman County Extension Office at 701-252-9030 or visit our office at 116 1/2 East First St., Jamestown.

Congratulations to all the recent recipients of awards at the Stutsman County Member Leader Recognition event on Nov. 1, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jamestown. Special recognition to 4-H alumni: Jason Odenbach, Pingree and Marvin Frey, Jamestown. Also to Ann Marks, Montpelier Pioneers 4-H Club leader of 35 years, Martha Bjorgaard, Seedling 4-H Club and Laurie Brown, Prairie Pals 4-H Club leaders of 20 years.

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