Cooperative Extension Center 4-H Program
If you are interested in volunteering with 4-H during the school year, you could help at any of the five afterschool sites: Freedom Trail Elementary, Crossnore Elementary, Banner Elk Elementary, Riverside Elementary and Newland Elementary. Also, the afterschool program is conducted at both middle schools: Avery Middle and Cranberry Middle. The Avery County 4-H program is always looking for volunteers, whether you can come one day or every day. The YO! Afterschool program has many opportunities for you, such as assisting in homework to traveling with the program on an afternoon field trip. If you have the time and love working with youth, this is the program for you. In the summertime the 4-H program conducts the Summer W.O.W. (Wonderful Opportunities Waiting) Program. This program was developed to help keep the kids safe and have fun at the same time during the summer. The W.O.W. program began 13 years ago and has served several hundred youth. Many fun and educational activities are offered. Approximately 150 programs were offered in summer 2012. The Avery County Summer W.O.W. program operates Monday through Friday at Newland Elementary School. Youth ages 5 to 14 are invited to participate.
Both of these programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to make this beneficial for everyone. Both programs are very flexible and can work around your busy schedule to make it convenient for you. Also, you have the opportunity to sponsor a child to attend one or both of these programs. If you are interested in volunteering or in sponsoring a youth, contact Avery County Cooperative Extension Center’s 4-H office at (828) 733-8270.
Many other wonderful opportunities in 4-H are waiting for both the adults and the kids. Just to mention a few: Junior Fair Board, Teen Retreat, 4-H Presentations, 4-H Congress, Camping, Robotics, Model Rocketry, Embryology, Mountain Heritage, Career Smarts, Talent Show, Lego Academy, Health and Nutrition, Arts and Craft Projects, and more. These projects will help foster new life skills while improving citizenship and leadership within the participants.
Many of the participating families struggle with money issues, such as, a one parent household or lack of job security etc. The YO! Afterschool and W.O.W. programs allow parents to work with the peace of mind knowing their kids are in a safe, fun and learning environment.
Other 4-H opportunities for the whole family to participate in include:
• Hungry To Help Campaign is a statewide 4-H program to help with hunger relief throughout North Carolina. If you would like to help with this very important campaign, you can bring any extra canned food to Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at 805 Cranberry Street in Newland. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Annual 4-H Christmas Tree Sale kicked off on Dec. 1, at the Kohler-Maytag Appliance Store in Newland. Come by and pick out a beautiful, locally grown Christmas tree. Tree prices are reasonable. The local Christmas tree growers have graciously donated all of the trees to the Avery County 4-H Program and 100 percent of the monies are given back to the youth through scholarships.
For more information on any of the 4-H programs, contact Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at (828) 733-8270.