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4-H Junior Leaders launches fundraiser

By Mandy Underwood

Junior Leaders, a facet of 4-H is a program for 4-H members in grades 7-12 which focuses on the development of leadership skills, as well as service learning and fellowship.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior Leader members have seen the effects of the virus in many ways.

“We have not been able to go out and serve our community like in the past years,” Blake Huston, president of the Wabash County Junior Leaders, told The Paper of Wabash County. “We would have had monthly meeting and services projects. However, we are having zoom meetings and planning the rest of the year out. Hopefully, we will be able to have a great rest of the year, with service projects, fun, and educational meeting.”

Although many of their normal activities are not happening currently, Huston said that he and his fellow Junior Leader members are continuing to learn and grow during this time.

“We are learning and will continue to learn, patience and greater service for our friends and neighbors. Patience is teaching us how to slow down and take time for ourselves. Greater service is teaching us to check on your friends and family, sending a letter/ thank you note to someone you know and care about.”

Another project that the members are focusing on currently is a fundraiser for a new concessions trailer.

“One thing that has helped us along the way is community support, with being able to do appreciation dinners, assisting with Ag Day, and being able to teach many youths in and around Wabash County about Animal Biosecurity, Fluid Power, Plant Biosecurity and many more fun, exciting and educational lessons,” said Huston.

“In order to continue with these activities and educational learnings, the Junior Leaders are seeking monetary contributions for a new concession trailer.”

The concession trailer will be used for many fundraising events throughout the year at street fairs, festivals, Wabash First Fridays, Wabash County 4-H Fair and more events.

“If we can reach our goal of $15,000 by February 1, 2021, we will be able to set up at locations and sell concession-like items and will have a short 5-10 minutes STEM or a 4-H approved lesson that any child and/or adult would be able to participate in,” said Huston. “We will also be able to fund our annual appreciation dinner for a special group of personnel in Wabash County. In the past this has included all active and non-active service men and women.”

For anyone interested in donating to the Junior Leaders for the purchase of the new trailer, email Blake Huston at blakehuston07@gmail.com for more information. 

Posted on 2020 Jun 16