Last week was set aside to honor 4-H as an organization and to celebrate all that it has to offer. Head, heart, hands and health are the four pillars of the 4-H emblem, and local 4-H members certainly strive to achieve each of these.
The Busy Blue Bells 4-H club sponsored contests and activities for students of the Lake Preston School to enjoy. They held dress-up days Monday through Friday, including 4-H Day: wear GREEN; farmer day; animal print day; pajama day; and USA day.
The school had the Farmers Union safety truck scheduled to come that week as well, and students got to learn all about farm safety. They learned about 4-wheeler safety, rode a demo 4-wheeler, watched a video on safety in grain bins and learned what a PTO shaft is and how to respect it.
Also, the club sponsored a coloring contest for youth in grades preschool - 8. Those winning their classes were Veda Casper-preschool, Landry Eschenbaum-kindergarten, Eli McCloud-1st, Avery Hesby-2nd, Heidi Carlson-3rd, Kannen Nuzum-4th, Case Carlson-5th, Rhyann McGuire-6th, Kirsten Long-7th and Hadlee Holt-8th.
Finally, students participated in a food drive for the food pantry in Lake Preston. The Busy Blue Bells have sponsored this contest for several years, and this year, between preschool-5th grade, over 1,050 items were donated to the pantry! This was an outstanding year, and so many generous donations were made. Fifth grade brought in the most items and will receive a pizza party. The pantry shelves are full now and ready for winter.
Thanks to all those who helped and donated throughout the week. The youth certainly have a lot of fun celebrating 4-H.