More than 7,000 students across Monongalia County participated in 4-H programs in 2017.
That was just part of many new developments presented to Monongalia County Commission at its regular meeting on Wednesday morning.
“I’m really proud of what we have accomplished in 4-H in Monongalia County,” said WVU 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent Becca Fint-Clark.
4-H offered several new programs to students last year including Google expedition virtual glasses and several STEM activities, some of which were related to circuitry.
One of the most popular was Doodlebots.
“Which is an electric toothbrush that’s in a pool noodle with markers so they get to create a little robot out of a circuit,” said Fint-Clark.
Other programs focused on healthy living. 4-H taught “Rethink your Drink” to third and fourth grade students at Cheat Lake Elementary School.
“We talked about the amount of sugar that is in the drinks that they’re drinking and then had samples of fruit infused water for them to try, so they loved that,” Fint-Clark explained.
Programs also focus on healthy living, agriculture and citizenship.
”I’m appreciative of the volunteers that give their time to work with our community, clubs and teach kids community service,” Fint-Clark said. “That’s such an important part of 4-H and teaching kids to give back to their community.”
4-H classes and services are available to its community partners, after-school programs and all county schools.
Registration will be coming up at the end of April for 4-H’s three annual summer camps, available to all county students.
There is “Younger Camp” for students in third through seventh grades, “Older Camp” for students in seventh grade up to 21-years-old and “Day Camp” for Kindergarten to second grade students.
For more information on the programs or camps, contact the WVU 4-H Extension Office in Monongalia County at 304-291-7201.