By Lexey Jenkins —
COARSEGOLD – We belong to a 4-H club that is an amazing program where kids can show animals, make arts and crafts, do community service, and even participate in outdoor sports. There are many different projects that you can sign up for if you join the Coarsegold 4-H club.
In arts and crafts you meet once a month and make something that has to do with the month of the meeting. Shooting sports is a group of both archery and firearms combined; in this project you meet at a shooting range and shoot at several different targets. Community Pride is a project where kids get to participate in activities that help the community, like making homeless care packages and collecting recycling. In outdoor sports kids meet at a place like a park, and play a game, ride bikes or go kayaking. If we get snow this year, it will also include skiing and snowboarding.
In animal projects you go over the basics of the animals and show them at expo and the Madera Fair for ribbons, belt buckles and other awards. You can also sell your animals or animal at the fair. The animal projects are horse, rabbit, poultry, swine (pig), dog, goat and sheep. In all the animal projects you usually meet once a month and sometimes twice a month at the decided place. We will also be adding a veterinary science project for members 12 and over.
On October 10, the Coarsegold 4-H club had animals on display at the Coarsegold Country Fair: we had pigs, llamas, goats and a sheep. The fair was a lot of fun. We also collected recycling throughout the fair and were pretty successful. October 5 through October 11 was National 4-H week, to celebrate 4-h clubs all around the nation.
Our leader is Pat Strimling. If you would like to join our 4-H, you can call her at (559) 683-5149. Anyone can join. You don’t have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary school to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings.
4-H statement: Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are 9 years old or who have completed the third grade, and up to the age 19. All youth and adults in Madera County are invited to participate in the 4-H Program regardless of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, mental or physical handicap.
Lexey Jenkins is the Club Reporter for Coarsegold 4-H