Written By: Nathanael M.
We kicked off the 4-H year with meeting in person and welcoming new members. Besides regular business meetings, we planned and carried out several public service projects.
During the October meeting of the 4-H Active Citizenship Club, members made toys out of old t-shirts for animals at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. This benefits the animals by providing opportunities for playful interaction with volunteers and potential adopters.
In place of a conventional business meeting, in November members met up at the Rancocas Nature Center to clear the trails. Clearing the trails helps provide a safer walkway for people to enjoy the natural beauty in our county.
For the December meeting the club organized at the Meyers’ house for a Holiday Party as well as to put together holiday boxes for U.S. Navy personnel deployed in Europe. The contents and cards were appreciated by those who received them, raising morale for those away from home during the holidays.
In the February meeting, which was at the Mount Holly Lyceum, club members assembled birthday boxes and bags. The bags and boxes were donated to Generations Family Success Center in Mt. Holly where they’re distributed to families who may not have resources to provide a birthday party for their child/children.
In March, all of our members presented club or county level presentations. Four of our members qualified for state level presentations that will be held in June. All of the presentations were engaging and informational, it was great to have 100 percent participation!
For May, the club congregated at Amico Island County Park to clean the beach of trash. Styrofoam was the item that was collected the most. It is important to do clean ups as this prevents any waste from washing into the Delaware River and disrupting the ecosystem.
We look forward to rounding out our year with creating our Farm Fair display table and gathering at the 75th Anniversary Burlington County Farm Fair in July.