MADISON CO., N.Y. — As the year comes to a close and we are looking forward to 2022, we all find that this is the season for reflection and goal setting. Like most of us, our 4-H’ers are also setting goals for the coming year and making decisions on what projects to complete and what programs to attend. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County 4-H and Youth Development is more active than ever and has many new and returning events for the 2022 year!
In the end of November, the new Explorers’ Community Club and County Wide 4-H Horse Club were launched and the have really taken off! These clubs, which are comprised of new 4-H members, as well as members from other local clubs, will be having their second meetings on Monday, January 3 at 5:45PM. These meetings will be a time to reflect on the end of 2021 and plan for the future in 2022.
Did you know that 4-H members are four times more likely to give back to their local communities? Here are a few ways that Madison County 4-H gave back in 2021….
Summer 2021 – Youth in the 4-H Summer Program visited 5 local historical sites. Learning the history of Madison County makes our youth more well-rounded individuals and helps to promote a growth mindset while enjoying the wonders that Madison County has to offer! Visiting local sites promotes tourism within the county and the hope that 4-H families will recommend it to someone else. The sites we visited were Madison County Fair Grounds, Lorenzo State Historical Site, Shako:wi Cultural Center, Chittenango Falls State Park, and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum.
Fall 2021 – 4-H Youth used the new Explorers’ Club Room to make adult bibs for a local care facility. These bibs are made to look like a button up shirt to provide our local elderly residents with the dignity and grace that they deserve as they age. This continues to be an ongoing project and more sessions to make these will be coming soon. If you or anyone you know is experienced in sewing machine repair, two of the sewing machines that we have need some TLC!
Winter 2021 – 4-H Explorer’s Club and County Wide Horse Club made fleece cut and tie blankets for Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association. These blankets were hand delivered on December 21st for those animals who will spend the rest of the year in the shelter. Since animals and their care are a huge part of what Madison County 4-Hers are passionate about, this made for a great first meeting project!
Please be looking for ways that our 4-H youth, from both clubs and from individual members, are giving back to Madison County over the 2022 year! Do you have a youth in your life who would benefit from positive youth development, or have an opportunity for 4-H to provide a community service? Check with 4-H staff to see if we can help! Tess (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Courtney (email@example.com) are available by email or you can call the office at (315)684- 3001, CCE Madison is located in Morrisville. Stay up to date with all of the CCE Madison County events and educational opportunities by visiting our website and/or liking us on Facebook www.madisoncountycce.org.
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