4-H

Since many 4-H activities have been put on hold due to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Sanborn County 4-H has set up online photography tips and challenges for anyone to learn from and participate in.

The activities can be found on Facebook and are entitled “Photography Lesson for the Week.” The weekly tips and challenges are posted at the Sanborn County 4-H Facebook page. The information can also be found at the private Facebook page called Sanborn County 4-H Photography Group where participants can also post their photographs for group members to see.

Currently, there are four lessons of the week posted that include “Different Viewpoints” from April 21, “Shadows” on May 4, “Where is your light coming from?” on May 21 and “Camera Modes” from June 3. More tips and challenges will be posted throughout the summer from the Sanborn County 4-H for anyone looking for a fun activity to do while social distancing.

The staff at the Sanborn Weekly Journal would also like to invite participants to submit your photos and descriptions from the 4-H Photography Lessons of the Week to us. You just may see your photo in the paper. 

The Town ‘N Kountry Kids Red Crew 4-H Club met on June 3 via Zoom.

The meeting was called to order by Co-President Evan Ohlrogge. The Flag Pledge was led by Paige Anderson, and the 4-H Pledge was led by Alex Anderson. 

Roll call was led by Co-Vice President Xavier Baysinger with the topic, “Name A Project You Have Been Working On,” which was answered by 22 members.  

The secretary’s report was read by Co-President Megan Linke and approved as presented. The treasurer’s report was given by Co-Treasurer Bailey Feistner and approved as presented.  

A Health and Safety Report was given by Ty Burkel.

Bailey told members about her experiences with Teen Leadership Academy. They have had lots of changed plans and have been meeting via Zoom. They are planning a goat project day later this summer. She also explained her participation in a Mock Legislative Opportunity. Sutton Senska reported on his participation in 4-H Fridays.  Hope Baysinger talked about participating in the 4-H Summer Adventure Series. The first week was about gardening. Paige told the group about fruit sales delivery.

The club discussed participating in the Statewide Community Service Project, Jeans for Teens, which promotes collecting jeans to donate locally, rather than sending them off somewhere. They would ask for new or gently used jeans to donate where needed, but could also take worn out jeans for a group like the Quilters. The committee will decide where to collect and donate the jeans: Evan Ohlrogge, Megan Linke, Brooklyn Swenson and Xavier Baysinger.

Another summer community service project is weeding the flower bed south of Steichen Service on Main Street in Woonsocket. The Larson family (Charley, Sarah, Blake, Luke and Chaz) worked on cleaning up the flower bed this week.

Due to Coronavirus, summer 4-H activities will continue with some modifications. There are no in-person activities allowed in June; they will all be virtual. In July, in-person activities may re-open with up to 15 people. This would allow us to have events like Public Speaking, Fashion Revue and Special Foods. The club would also look at virtual options for those who are not comfortable with melting in-person.  In August, members may have in-person activities with up to 50 people. This may allow a modified Achievement Days with limited numbers, and without events like Ag Olympics or BBQ, but would allow kids to show. All of this is subject to change.

The club’s County Youth in Action contests are set as follows: Public Speaking – July 13, Fashion Revue – July 16 and Special Foods – July 20.  The Sanborn County Horse Show has been moved to July 8.

The next meeting will be June 10 via Zoom. Members were asked to mail a letter to the group’s elderly friends.

Following the meeting, Paige presented an illustrated talk on the music staff. 

…See photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Town ‘N Kountry Blue Group 4-H Club members who helped with their community service project on Saturday, May 2, were from left to right: Teagen Moody, Memphis Moody, Cain Zoss, Clay Moody, Hudson Fouberg, Cannon Zoss and Layton Zoss.

Saturday, May 2, was a perfect evening for a social-distancing outing in the Letcher community. The Town and Kountry Blue Group 4-H Club organized a community service project for their club to help people in need, while still practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The club members asked citizens of Sanborn County to join them in making donations of non-food items to the Sanborn County Food Pantry and cruising the streets of Letcher to wave to community members.

Anyone who wanted to take part could start by dropping off their donations for the food pantry at Rossy Park where the club had a table and boxes set up to accept donations. The food pantry had given the club a list of items that are needed for people in need but are not provided by Feeding South Dakota, such as toiletry or personal hygiene items and laundry soap. After dropping off a donation, participants could then follow the trail of cars and cruise the streets to wave hello from their vehicles to members of the Letcher community who greeted the participants from outside their homes.

All 4-H clubs have been informed by the state that they are not to hold any events because of the pandemic, but this was a way that the Town and Kountry Blue Group 4-H Club could still hold a wonderful community service event while still practicing social distancing. They not only received about 25 boxes of essentials to donate, they also received $660 in cash to donate to the Sanborn County Food Pantry, and they had approximately 50 cars cruising the streets of Letcher. It was a successful event and a wonderful way to serve the communities of Sanborn County. 

…See more photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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