DOBSON — Cooperative Extension Agent Whitney Sprinkle’s Summer Explosion program Crafting for a Cause set its sights on living up to its creed by encouraging 4-H members to pledge their “hands to larger service.”
The program, held Tuesday at the Cooperative Extension Center, was divided into a morning class for children from age 5 to 8 years and an afternoon session for 4-H members ages 9 to 14 years. Each session lasts two hours. Sprinkle said the morning group would get to make rainbows out of cotton balls and colored paper to take home to give to someone who means a lot to them.
Other items the group made included clothespin and regular wreaths, picture frames which will be given to local nursing homes and aprons tentatively earmarked for The Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin.
“The goal we have in mind is to allow them to express their creativity and get them used to helping others,” said Sprinkle. “The rainbows are made using the same rules but they all turn out looking a bit different.” She said the concept was greeted with enthusiasm, even by members of the program who are boys.
Sprinkle said the group is also looking forward to The Blind Side slated for August 6 at the Davie County Cooperative Extension Service Center. Activities will include participants learning about braille and some of the technology used by the blind as well as learning etiquette to those who are blind or use a service dog.
“It’s important for them to learn about disabilities. Most may have never seen a person who is disabled,” Sprinkle said. “We are going to have several trainers of service dogs present to talk about what they do and the children will get to work with some of the Exceptional Program kids to create sunshine smiles for them to take to their first day of school.”
Summer Explosion is a youth program with classes designed to be fun and educational with hands-on activities. Classes are typically set up by age range. It is offered through the North Caroline Cooperative Extension Service. Interested persons may get information on joining a 4-H club or the Summer Explosion program by calling 336-401-8025.
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