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4-H Members Volunteer Service at Maple Kick-off at CCE

Cornell Cooperative Extension partnered with the St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association to launch and celebrate the 2017 maple season with a Tree Tapping Ceremony at the Cooperative Extension’s Learning Farm. This event included a free pancake breakfast, tours of the sugar shack, and workshops with samples of delicious treats made with maple syrup including maple cream, maple candy, maple granulated sugar, and cotton candy.

Members of the 4H Club Program volunteered to help serve food, bus tables, give guided tours, and answer questions. A shout-out and a special thanks to the 4-H’ers and their families who came out on Saturday: Bella Perretta and Maureen Ring; Riley, Denver, Carrie, and Jim Kenney; and Salma, Amal, Maysa, Zakaria Moumen, and Carlene Doane.

Submitted by Cassondra Caswell, 4-H Youth and Family Lead

New York State 4-H Foundation presents St. Lawrence County 4-H with Scholarship credit of  $1,300.00 from TSC promotion. 

During the October 2016 Paper Clover promotion at Tractor Supply Co. stores, $1300 was raised to support local youth in the 4-H Youth Development Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension. These funds are managed by the NYS 4-H Foundation, and Tractor Supply Co. has stipulated that the funds raised through Paper Clover promotion must be utilized to support youth participation in 4-H camp programs and/or 4-H leadership development programs.

These funds will be used in St. Lawrence County to help benefit local youth to pay for 4-H Camp and Leadership programming at the County, Regional, State and Local level:

  • County, Regional, Statewide or National 4-H Animal Science career development and competitions
  • New York State 4-H or State Educator Association sponsored events such as Career Explorations, STARR and 4-H Capital Days
  • National 4-H Council events such as Citizenship Washington Focus, National 4-H Conference and program opportunities in STEM, Healthy Living, or Civic Engagement
  • NYS 4-H youth participation in State or International 4-H Exchange programs
  • NYS 4-H Camping programs, both overnight and day camping

Donate during the 2017 Paper Clover Spring and Fall Campaign at local Tractor Supply Stores to directly support educational trips and experiences for our local youth in the 4-H program!

Submitted by Cassondra Caswell, 4-H Youth and Family Lead

Club Spotlight

Jolly Ranchers STEM Project : November 2016

The Jolly Ranchers had a great meeting on November 11. The project was learning about STEM through a aerodynamics project. First they experimented with small "propcopters" to understand how air flow affects where objects fly. Next they made small gliders from Styrofoam plates and flew them. They learned the different angles caused the planes to fly differently. Lastly the learned about how drones are used today to solve problems in cities and rural areas. Using larger foam planes and miniature cameras, they simulated how a drone might be used. They are flown over a target area while filming the ground to collect data. The members really enjoyed flying the planes and watching the "data" they collected.

Submitted by Maureen Pierce, Club Secretary

Tractor Supply Co. Helps Support Local 4-H

The 4-H program has existed in St. Lawrence County for over 90 years, and has thrived primarily due to the dedication and efforts of local supporters and volunteers. Tractor Supply Company has been one of those strong supporters of the 4-H program across the nation. The local stores in St. Lawrence County have been no exception, and are dedicated to encouraging customers to learn more about 4-H and to donate funds during the 4-H Clover Days. Between the four Tractor Supply Co. stores in Massena, Potsdam, Ogdensburg, and Gouverneur the Clover Days fundraiser raised almost $1,000 to support the local 4-H program in St. Lawrence County. The funds donated from the Tractor Supply Co. fundraiser help support materials used to coordinate many 4-H youth development programs and activities that are coordinated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Staff. The Gouverneur store also donates bedding to the youth to use for their animal projects during the County Fair while showing and exhibiting.

Submitted by Cassondra Caswell, 4-H Youth and Family Lead

Jolly Ranchers Projects: Spring 2016

The picture is of Katrina, Nicholas and Emily Rockhill with their family tree chart.

The Jolly Ranchers held meetings in April and May. In April the members learned about genealogy from club member Olivia Brown. Olivia helped members create family tree charts with names, photos,and family stories.The project was planned in accord with this year's fair theme.Many members attended and had a lot of fun working together.

In May, the club president Naomi Moon led a horticulture project. She taught the basics of photosynthesis in plants, and then members filled and planted several pots with a variety of flower seeds. Hopefully they will sprout in time to show at the fair.Also in May, several members proudly helped promote 4H and our club at the 4H Open House.

Submitted by: Maureen Pierce, Club Secretary

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Cassondra Caswell
Youth and Family Lead

Last updated February 7, 2017