Group showcases programs, projects

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland Madison Brainard, 11, of Hubbard and a member of the Kounty Kritters 4H Group, right, shows off ‘‘Oreo’’ to Eliza Schrock, 7, of North Bloomfield, at the fourth annual 4H Night held at Trumbull Career and Technical Center and sponsored by the Trumbull County 4-H Advisory Committee.

CHAMPION — Local 4-H students showcased all they do during the fourth annual Trumbull County 4-H kickoff held at the Trumbull Career and Technical Center.

The free event, sponsored by the Trumbull County 4-H Advisory Committee, allowed youth and volunteers from 4-H to share club information, showcase annual projects and share activities.

Ashlee Dietz, extension educator / 4-H youth development with Ohio State University Extension Office in Cortland, said 25 clubs took part, allowing members to share with the public what they covered and developed, as well as the goals and projects of their club.

”I hope that we not only increase our programs but also that the public understands a little more about 4-H. It is more than meets the eye. It is not just limited to animals. There are more than 200 4-H projects in Trumbull County,” Dietz said.

She said there are 4-H groups involved with cooking, clothing and robotics.

”We hope the event helps develop friendships and connections,” Dietz said.

Michelle Moss, a parent with children in the 4-H Kinsman Busy Bees, said the group does a variety of things including sewing, cooking, archery and bike riding.

Madelyn Moss, 14, of Cortland and a member of the Kinsman Busy Bees said she has been involved with different projects that were displayed and involved in competitions at the local and state fair levels.

The Trumbull County Wild Clovers of Cortland also set up and explained their projects to the public.

Katie Viets, 10, of Fowler, said the group does a variety of different activities including exploring the outdoors.

“We want to try different things and to share with other kids how much fun we have,” she said.

Viets was setting up a large poster board exhibiting how members explore the outdoors while Andrew Totten, 9, of Warren, set up his rabbit display.

The younger age group, Clover Buds, take part in different activities, but do not do projects.

Madison Brainard, 11, of Hubbard, said the 4-H Kounty Kritters are hoping to get more members involved with raising and learning about animals, such as cats, rabbits and goats.

Marie Economos, extension educator Family Consumer Sciences at the local OSU Extension, said she “hoped all families will have a better understanding of what 4-H is about.”

“There are so many educational opportunities. It is not just about animals. We have many varied 4-H groups offered,” she said.