are the projects reported to 4-H S.O.S. for the first year
of the program.
members of the Leiper's Fork 4-H Community Club in Williamson
County (Central District) and their parents joined forces
to clean up their community and make it more beautiful.
They picked up trash and cleaned Leiper's Fork Ball
Fields and they planted flowers at Hillsboro Baptist
Church. One 4-H'er was recovering from foot surgery
and came in his wheelchair to help!The 4-H'ers learned
that giving can be a lot of fun, and many of their peers
who saw them became interested in learning more about
the project. The members of the community club also
learned more about their 4-H project areas, which included
Citizenship, Leadership, and Plant Science.
grade 4-H'ers in Ms. Pearson's class at Cheatham Park
in Robertson County (Central District) collected books
for the local library and for a low-income apartment
"where people can't afford books." They learned
that "giving things to other people can be fun."
5th grade 4-H'ers in Mrs. Beirne's club wanted to
help with the PTO carnival at their school, Krisle
Elementary in Robertson County. They approached the
PTO about running a fishing booth. The PTO was glad
to let them help. They raised over $100 to buy software
for computers in different classrooms, which will
further the education of many students. The 4-H'ers
learned something, too. They learned to run a small
game booth and how to schedule people to work, while
having fun "making something seem exciting by
acting excited for the little kids' sake."
another project, these 4-H'ers also collected money
and bought things for children in Africa. The 21 members
of this club donated $35. This project taught them
"that we are very fortunate to have what we have."
Neely's 5th grade club at Greenbrier Elementary in Robertson
County has been busy with several service projects.
They cleaned a neighborhood, helped teach Kindergarteners
how to read, assisted with Toys for Tots, and had a
fund raiser. Through these projects, they learned "to
clean, respect, and teach."
for Young Patients
at Watauga Elementary in Robertson County collected
money to donate to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in
Nashville. Their donation went to purchase a wagon that
will be used to wheel patients around the halls of the
hospital. These 4-H'ers report that they "learned
that it is better to give than to receive."
Ms. Thomas's 4-H'ers at Greenbrier Elementary in Robertson
County collected money to help feed an elephant for
a day. The club learned about The Elephant Sanctuary
in Hohenwald, Tennessee, from TV. They decided to undertake
the unique project of feeding Winkie, a retired circus
elephant. As part of their service, they learned that
The Elephant Sanctuary is a safe place for retired circus
and performing elephants to roam free, live out their
lives, and receive medical care.
Diaz-Barriga's 5th grade 4-H'ers wanted to help their
school, White House Elementary in Robertson County.
They decided to collect trash on the school grounds
and parking lot. They recruited four adults to help
organize their project. They were proud of helping maintain
school property and learned "how a clean environment
makes everyone enjoy their surroundings." They
also discovered that working in a group can make a large
task seem smaller and more manageable."
Home Reading Circle
Robertson County 4-H Homeschool Club held a reading
circle for 25 residents at Morningside Assisted Living
Home. Each of the 10 club members read a short story
and handed out treats to the residents. They report
that the residents enjoyed the stories and asked them
to come back. The 4-H'ers enjoyed the experience, too.
They learned that "it feels good to give your time
to others in need." The Robertson County Times
ran a story about their service project.
grade 4-H'ers at Jo Byrns School in Robertson County
collected clothes to donate in their community. They
reported that they learned that "we need to be
thankful for what we have." To celebrate their
service, they had a party for everyone who participated
in the project.