Club members stand outside the M.D.’s office after telling the councillors about what the club is all about.
If you’re into horseback riding, trapping, small engines and other sorts of activities – the Northern Lights 4-H Club is the right place for you. The Leader spoke with 4-H general leader Bobby Halliday and horse project leader Shannon Colli last week about the new group in town.
“4-H has been around for 100-years this year which we will be celebrating,” says Halliday. “This is our first year running in Slave Lake and we’re excited.”
Why get the club up and running in town?
“We had our horse project going in Kinuso last year and noticed a large part of the group were all from Slave Lake, so we thought it would be a good idea to split from that and bring the club here so the kids wouldn’t have to travel,” says Halliday.
Programming comes in two sections; Cleavers is for ages 6-8 and kids and young adults ages 9-21 can dabble in other projects.
“There are loads of opportunities for kids if they keep going with 4-H,” says Halliday. “There are scholarships, awards and travel exchange programs.”
The cost for a year’s worth of programming is $87.50, which includes outings and other community events.
“We have 20 kids signed up right now and unfortunately everyone had to be registered by the end of December,” says Halliday. “Since we’re a new club, though, we might have some lenience and we’ve sent out an email to request a few more spots. We’re just waiting to see, but I have a good feeling and I’m not turning anyone away right now.”
“We’re looking for volunteers and leaders that are interested in putting on an activity,” says Colli. “We have a lot of community events coming up! We’re having a communications event for the seniors where the kids will be reading to them, a family fun day, highway cleanup and we plan on doing all the parades.”
Colli adds, “The kids in the small-engine activity group are going to get their own whipper-snipper or lawn mower, fix it all up and actually will be donating it back to the community to whoever needs one.”
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