4-H has a 100-year history of promoting hands-on learning. During a time of social distancing, volunteers are contributing to this tradition by holding club and school programs via virtual learning and meeting platforms.
Members of 4-H Friends, a Cloverbud group in Monroe County, are meeting regularly online to read books, sing songs and bake soft pretzel treats. During one meeting, club member Avery led the group in a paper flower craft.
The Posh Ponies club incorporated food into its meetings by having members eat dinner together and bake something in advance to “share.” Members can play games and learn more about horses with an online trivia game.
Other programs meeting virtually are the Mariah Meadows 4-H Club. Club leaders of the Westside Science and Nature Explorers delivered fairy house kits to members of the group. Families worked together to construct and decorated the kits, then shared their creations during a Zoom meeting.
Sabrina Woodhams, 4-H leader of the Top of the Hill Gang at Crestwood Children’s Center, is connecting with youth by sharing the Ag Literacy Week book, “Right This Very Minute.” The Mary Cariola Busy Bees 4-H Club is preparing for virtual public presentations slated for June with leader Kathy Lee and a speech therapist.
The 4-H UNITY (Urban Neighborhoods Improved Through Youth) group is participating in virtual icebreakers and forging ahead with its community action project.
The Bishop Kearney High School horticulture class is completing online assignments. Students took part in a food scavenger hunt to learn about the food system and their role in it, and participated in online workshops on plant-growing zones and kitchen scrap gardening.
During the weekly meetings of the Green Team at Children’s School of Rochester, the group shares stories through photos and other creative means. To celebrate Earth Day, group members made collages. Individual projects include measuring how high squirrels can jump and germinating maple seedlings. The group participated in kitchen scrap gardening and soil workshops.