I couldn’t believe it when I was told by my mom that Morrow County was in serious jeopardy of losing its 4-H program. I was in 4-H for 10 years.
As a parent, I have looked forward to the day when my daughters would get the amazing experience 4-H offers. This is how I spent my summers, learning to sew and cook and making many different things in creative arts. I also learned to use a camera and how to take care of small animals.
This was such a great way for me to further my bond with my mom because it was a wonderful opportunity for families to work together.
4-H camp is also a very memorable event in my life. Oh, what an experience that was! 4-H camp was a place where you met new friends and learned to work together as a cabin or in the different groups you were assigned to.
4-H had such a huge impact on my life. I have made some great life-long friends I would have never made if it had not been for 4-H.
To take this away from the youth of Morrow County would be a horrible thing. This is such a positive experience for all involved.
It teaches so many great things to our youth. To lose this would be very devastating for many.
Although I am no longer a resident of Morrow County, I really felt compelled to share with you my story. I loved 4-H and am so glad I was able to be involved.
This is the first year that my children are in 4-H and they are already looking forward to the new things they are going to learn. It has been interesting to help my oldest daughter pick out her projects this year, especially knowing she is taking the same sewing project I took my first year of 4-H.
I am looking forward to teaching her the skills my mom taught to me.
So, please, go out and vote in support for the Extension levy, May 5, in order to keep 4-H in Morrow County. Don’t take away such a positive thing from the future of Morrow County!
Jacki Feustel Gebhardt
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