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4-H hosts Project Day

What do you get when you combine 28 youth participants, eight 4-H Ambassadors, 15 adult volunteers and five educational make-n-take activities?

The answer: Becker County 4-H Project Day that was held on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Emmanuel Nursing Home Conference Center.

The intent of the annual project day event is to introduce youth to a few of the many project areas they can explore through 4-H.

The sessions included:

• Wildlife Biology -- Participants learned how to identify wildlife by the tracks they make and each student made a miniature stepping stone with their favorite animal's footprint

• Foods/Health -- Heart health facts were presented along with a smoothie making demonstration and taste test. Each youth made a hula hoop and were taught how they could use them to increase their level of activity

• Clothing/Creative Arts -- Youth were given a brief sewing lesson as they constructed a fleece hat. Plus, they experienced the art of weaving as they completed a project using yarn and an embroidery hoop

• Scrapbooking -- Each youth made a creative scrapbook page and a clipboard layout.

Other highlights of the day included a dog project demonstration by Nora Ulmer and Megan Wold, narrated by County Dog Project Leader, Mary Holsen. Lauren Pederson and Megan Wold also took a few of the youth on pet therapy visits with some of the nursing home residents.

As a wrap-up to an exciting day, youth participants showed off their hula-hooping skills. Grace VanOffelen, a second grader from the Happy Hillside 4-H Club, edged out Kayla Wendt and Leah Chavez, taking home the "gold" medal in the spontaneous 4-H Project Day Olympic Event.

For information on Becker County 4-H, contact Mickey Okeson, Becker County 4-H program coordinator, at 218-846-7328 or