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4H Creating Community Networks Spring '11 Newsletter

4H Creating Community Networks Spring '11 Newsletter

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Chester County 4-H Newsletter
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Food, Fun, and Cookies
Chester County/Spring 2011
Youth at Cedar Woods Community Center inKennett Square enjoyed the teamwork of makingand decorating homemade sugar cookies as anactivity with the afterschool nutrition and cookingprogram provided by 4-H Creating CommunityNetworks. The youth participated in 4-H and MyPyramid nutrition games, learned how to make their 
own healthy trail mix and the do’s and don’ts of 
table etiquette. The Cedar Woods group also createdgift bags for the freshly made cookies to bring homeas holiday gifts for their families.
Dancing the Winter Blues Away
During the chilly days of January and February the beat of hip hop,hands clapping and foot stomping could be heard after school Thursdaysat Park Spring Community Center in Spring City. Ursinis Collegestudents Danielle Chmeweski and Gina
in collaboration with4-H Creating Community Networks, challenged the Park Spring youthages 8 to 18 years, to move to the rhythm or create their own beats aspart of a weekly 4-H after school program instructing youth on nutritionand dance as a fun way to stay fit. Creative body movement, rhythmcircles, step/stomp dance, and hip hop moves got the youth moving andtransferred valuable lessons in self management, self confidence andteam work.At the end of the program the group was asked if they thought dancewas hard. Most hands went up in agreement that dance required a lot of practice. When asked if they thought dance was fun, all hands went upand a roomful of smiles lit up the room.
Above: Park Spring youth created a rhythm circle which involveseach individual expressing a unique rhythmic beat until the wholecircle is participating at once. This activity along with dance helpsyouth develop self-confidence and aural comprehension skills.
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Creating Community Networks
4-H Creating Community Networks
4-H Creating Community Networks served over1025 at-risk youth in Chester County in 2010. Ourcollective organization of Chester County Extension4-H staff, volunteers and collaborators brought adiverse range of enrichment programming such asnutrition education, gardening, theater arts, dance,literacy and team sports to after school programsand off site summer day camps.
How We Serve
Who WeServe
Staples/Kennett Square: $1,000.00 in-kind schoolfor suppliesHerr Foods Inc.: $1,000.00The BARD Foundation in Philadelphia: $3,000.00CCRES: $2,700.00The November 11, 2010 2nd Annual Be ASweetheart Event (Adoption Fair): $4,535.00Robert and Jennifer McNeil and the SpringbankFoundation: $10,000.00Phoenixville Community HealthFoundation: $8,000.00CARing For Kids Foundation and, ConcordvilleNissan * Subaru : $18,000.00 in-kindcontribution of new winter coats4H Care Packages: $3,000.00Stroud Water Research and West ChesterUniversity National Science Foundation GrantAward: In-Kind staffing support for two WCUcollege students.
Pet Supplies “Plus” Store #9044, Avondale, Pa:
 In-Kind Donation of $1,000.00 in pet foodThe American Mushroom Institute: $1,500.001675 Foundation: $8,000.00Pottstown Area Health & WellnessFoundation: $10,000.00Marshall-Reynolds Foundation: $5,000.00The Oxford Area Foundation: $125.00The Law Firm of Perna & Albracht: $400.00
4H Creating Community Networks programs are entirely supported on the financial investment and generosity of foundations,corporations, businesses and individual donors, since 2005. 4H CCN programs serve the most needy and underprivileged children, youthand families in Chester County. There is no other program like 4H CCN in building teams of service providers that reach out to isolatedindividuals and families. The 4H CCN Program budget for 2011 is $137,000.00.
Won’t you join our team in 2011 to make a financi
al giftto 4H Creating Community Networks? Help us to make our budget goal by May 1, 2011. To make a contribution for 2011, please makeyour check out to (Chester County Cooperative Extension) and mail to: Laurie Szoke, 4H CCN, Chester County Cooperative Extension,601 Westtown Rd, Suite 370, West Chester, PA 19380. All contributions are tax deductable. Thank you for your support!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! 
Penn State Graduate joinsChester County Extension
Katie Poppiti recently joined our Extension staff in March. She is a 2009Penn State College of Ag Sciencesgraduate. Katie interned with the 4-HCreating Community Networks programin the summer of 2008. She is currentlycoordinating the 4-H EmbryologyProgram. She will also be working withsome other 4-H programs over the nextseveral months including Pony Partners4-H Club as wellas the Avon GroveCommunityGardens. Katiehopes to educatesome new 4-Hmembers ingardening andnutrition throughthe work with thecommunity gardens.She also wants tohelp more youthbecome aware of families who are in needof food sources within their communitiesand how gardening education can helpthem create their own food sources. Katieis also excited to share her love of horseswith 4-H Pony Partners students as theygain knowledge about horses andconfidence working and interactingaround horses/ponies.
New 4-H Horse Club to startin Spring 2011
Pony Partners is a 4-H Horse club thatwas designed for students who would notnormally have the opportunity to interactwith horses.Students will be learning about horsesand gaining basic horse skills throughhands on interaction with horses. Theywill have the opportunity to work directlywith the horses at least once per session.Each student will be completing a 4-Hproject to present at the 4-H Fair.Our program runs April to October.If you have any question about theprogram, registrations or Schedulingcall or email:
Amy O’Grady
Camps and Summer Programs
GSEP /4H Anson B Nixon Park Camp ~ June 20-24ECO Camp at The Garage YouthCenter in Kennett Square~ June 20-244H CCN Program Sites~ June 27-August 19Chester County 4H Romano CenterFair ~ August 8-13Chester County Fair Tours August9th & 10th
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Creating Community Networks
Jasmine Townsend, Shaila Tucker and Wanitta Berry
areLincoln University seniors who will graduate with a BS in SocialService through the department of Sociology and Anthropologyand, have been participating in an internship through 4H CreatingCommunity Networks since September 2010. Jasmine, Shaila,Wanitta and, Ashley Valle (who graduated in December 2010)worked with the Kennett Middle School After The Bell program,with intergenerational activities with the residents of the FriendsHome in Kennett, with the Lincoln Community Association 4Hclub, with the CCIU Migrant Education Program at two locationsin Oxford at the Church of the Immovable Boulder and, at the Not-tingham Elementary School.
Jasmine Townsend’s
home town is Bronx, New York and, her future career goals include being a guidance counselor or juvenileprobation officer. Her favorite subjects are math and human ser-vices and, her favorite sport is basketball. Her favorite hobbies areshopping and Internet brows-ing. Jasmine would like to work tocreate opportunities for people toknow less violence and poverty. Jas-
mine’s philosophy is, “to help youth
and people in general and, to encour-age everyone day to day to be the
best that they can be!”
most memorable moment was her 1
 day at Lincoln University.
Wanitta Monique Berry’s
home town is Brooklyn, New York and, her future career goals include being an administrator for chil-
dren’s services and, a Clinical Psychologist. Wanitta’s most
memorable moment was her highschool graduation. Her favoritesubject is English and, her favoritehobbies are writing and singing.Wanitta would like to make a dif-ference in the world through work in curing those diseases that mostaffect the lives of children. Her 
philosophy for life is, “to be anadvocate for children with mental disabilities”.
Shaila R. Tucker’s
home town is New Ha-ven, Connecticut and, her future career goalsinclude being a Criminologist, working withthe FBI and/or working with juvenile at risk 
youth who are in trouble with the law. Shaila’s
most memorable moment was her senior prom. Her favorite subjects are English andSocial Science and, her favorite hobbies are reading, friends, shop-ping and texting. Shaila would like to work to make a differencein the world by changing the perception of racism and, to changethinking from violence to peace.
Shaila’s philosophy is,“Honestly, I would just like to have a positive impact on some-one’s life. If I could help just one person make a positive change,then I will have fulfilled my purpose.”
 We thank 
Jasmine, Shaila, Ashlee and Wanitta
for all of their contributions to the Chester County 4H program in creating com-munity networks and to the organizations of COSECHA.
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