DOBSON — The Extension Service Center Friday brought to life the lines “children laughing. people passing, meeting smile after smile” from the song “Silver Bells” as the Cards & Cookies workshop allowed 4-H members to tap into their inner elf.
“You can make as many cards as you like,” said County 4-H Youth Development Agent Whitney Sprinkle to a group of more than 20 participants. “Make some for your mother and father and we will also make some cards and decorate cookies to take to local nursing homes.”
Sprinkle said she and her volunteers set up stations with supplies for decorating the cards, cookies and gingerbread houses which included glitter, paint, stamps and stickers, candies and frosting for the young Christmas crafters.
“It’s went really well this afternoon,” Sprinkle said. “It is so good to have children and parents coming into the 4-H office and learning about our activities.”
Sprinkle said one natural extension of what 4-H is about is activities to teach children to pledge their hands to a larger service, such as their community. She said ways she is encouraging the group to help include donating food to the Foothills Food Pantry, volunteering to work at the local animal shelter, helping parents and neighbors rake leaves, plant flowers or carry in groceries, buy an extra toy for a toy drive and create small bags of “fun” for families and children who may be spending time in the hospital.
“I feel this workshop is a good way to give back to our community,” said Sprinkle. “I think 4-H has always been involved with making a push for children to be a good citizen.
“It is so fun to get to start forming these relationships myself even though I have more formal training as a 4-H agent to go,” Sprinkle said. “They really like the cookies. They were so excited about gingerbread houses we will take to nursing homes. They are really loving the glitter.”
Other upcoming 4-H activities include:
- The North Central District 4-H Winterfest on Jan. 11 in Forsyth County for children age 12 and older at a cost of $20 per participant;
- The annual 4-H Plant Sale Jan. 2-Feb. 27 with all the proceeds going to help with the coming year’s activities such as the Cards & Cookies workshop and summer camp scholarships. The pick-up date for the plants is March 13. She said the Extension Service is looking for volunteers to help organize the sale.
- A Valentine’s workshop in which participants will learn about heart health, healthy snacks and how to make a Valentine craft to take home. The workshop will be for children ages 5-18 years and will be held Feb. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Reach David Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-719-1952.