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Extension’s spring break activities deemed successful

Apr 10, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Jefferson County hosted a variety of fun and educational youth programs during Fairfield Community School District’s spring break.

The Extension partnered with the Fairfield Public Library to host afternoon programs three days of the week for ages 8 and up.

Each program averaged 25 youth, all of whom were eager to learn and have fun during their break from school, said ISU Extension’s Youth Outreach Educator Ashtin Walker.

On March 26, they hosted “Magician’s Laboratory” to get youth excited about the magic show that was hosted at the library that evening. Participants in the “Magician’s Laboratory” learned about the science behind several age-old tricks: the tablecloth trick, screeching balloon, turning a cup of water upside down without spilling, and much more.

The program March 27 was “Kids in the Kitchen” where youth learned about the importance of a balanced meal, physical activity and healthy snacks. Participants also learned about knife and kitchen safety as they practiced cutting fruits. They then made their own, healthy version of “Fruit Pizza” with granola as the crust and yogurt as the spread.

“It was a very yummy — and healthy — afternoon snack!” said Walker.

On March 29, the theme was “Arts and Crafts,” and according to Walker, participants thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their creativity. The youth made candles out of beeswax sheets, drew beautiful designs on canvas tote bags, created their own clay sculpture masterpiece and designed a “springtime” mural together as a group.

“Overall, spring break week was a great deal of fun!” said Walker.

“We appreciated the library’s support in working with us to provide these outreach programs during spring break,” she continued. “Many of the youth participants also come to our after-school sessions at Pence Elementary and the Fairfield Middle School so it was nice to see old and new faces at these programs while the youth were on break from school.”

To learn more about 4-H Afterschool Adventures, contact Walker at 472-4166 or ashtinw@iastate.edu.

For information regarding Jefferson County 4-H and its K-12 youth programs, contact Rachel Wonderlich at 472-4166 or rachel4h@iastate.edu.

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