Stars, cards, and Christmas help focus of 4-H programs

David Broyles Staff Reporter

December 2, 2013

DOBSON — New Surry County Cooperative Extension Youth Development Agent Whitney Sprinkle is hitting the ground running with the announcement of two events in December.

According to Sprinkle, “Astronomy Wonders” has been scheduled for Dec. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Fisher River Park. The activity is a cooperative effort between the Extension Service, Piedmont Astronomy Club, the Surry Central High School Junior Officers Training Corps (JROTC) and the county Parks and Recreation Department.

“This is a family event to get them out to simply enjoy seeing the stars,” said Sprinkle. “It’s been so successful in the past we decided to continue this. We advise participants to bring their own blankets because it’s going to be cold.” Participants are encouraged to register by calling the Cooperative Extension Office at 336.401.8025 no later than Dec. 2.

A holiday “Cards and Cookies” workshop is planned for Dec. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the extension office in Dobson. The program is for participants from 5-18-years old and will give them a chance to create their own Christmas Cards and decorate cookies as well as acting as an informal mixer to meet the new agent. According to Sprinkle, all decorated cards and cookies will be delivered to a local nursing home to bring Christmas cheer. Participants are asked to register by Dec. 13 for this workshop by calling the office at 336-401-8025.

Sprinkle said one ongoing effort by 4-H is supporting The Foothills Food Pantry’s “Open Your Heart Christmas Campaign.” The goal of the pantry’s program is to provide everything necessary for a family to prepare a Christmas meal. The organization has set a goal of helping 400 families again this year.

Food items to be delivered with each meal are sugar, yams, stuffing ,mix, fresh potatoes, flour, hard candy, coffee, rolls, salt, frosting, tea, corn, apples, butter/margarine, macaroni and cheese, green beans, eggs, cake and ham.

Sprinkle said donations will be accepted through Dec. 16 for this campaign at both the Cooperative Extension office in Dobson and the Foothills Food Pantry on 233 Cooper Street, Dobson. For more information, persons may contact the Foothills Food Pantry at 386-8405.

Sprinkle is a Surry County native who has lived in local towns including Dobson, Elkin, and Mount Airy. She said she grew up participating in 4-H events and has a passion for youth development and making a difference in the lives of our youth in Surry County.

“I am excited to begin my career as your 4-H Agent and look forward to creating new experiences with each of our youth through the years,” said Sprinkle. She encouraged the public to continue checking the 4-H blog at surrycounty4-h.blogspot to receive updates about upcoming events. Persons may contact Sprinkle with any questions you may have at or by contacting the Surry County Cooperative Extension office at 336.401.8025.

Reach David Broyles at or 336-719-1952.