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Terrones Driving Academy

DatesJanuary 12, 12:00 AM – May 31, 12:00 AM
LocationGilbert High School
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactKarl Terones
Phone515-520-1485
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Registration for winter/spring driver’s education instruction with the Terrones Driving Academy is now available. Please view our flyer and visit our website for more information and to register for classes.

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Gilbert Backpack Buddy Program

DatesJanuary 15, 12:00 AM – May 31, 12:00 AM
LocationGilbert Lutheran Church
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
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Family Earth Day

DatesApril 21, 1:00 PM
LocationISU Parking Lot 124 (By the 4-H Building)
Enroll ByN/A
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMarli Backhaus
Phone641-390-7116
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Families are invited to celebrate Earth Day with ISU organizations. The event will be run by ISU Collegiate 4-H but include activities, games, and demos by ISU PD and a variety of other ISU clubs.

Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Event at Iowa State Universsity

DatesApril 27, 9:00 AM
LocationISU central Campus
Enroll Bywalk in registration is allowed
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
ContactJeff Nelson
Phone5152945056
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The event is an opportunity to support those who have lost a loved one, share hope with those who navigate their own challenges with depression, and help us increase suicide prevention efforts.

Registration is FREE. Individuals do not have to commit to raising money when they sign up to walk.

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Ames Figure Skating Club Presents: Tales From the Toepick

DatesApril 27, 6:00 PM
LocationAmes ISU Arena, 1507 Gateway Hills Park Dr, Ames, IA 50014
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactKatrina Mader
Phone515-520-0111
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Join the Ames Figure Skating Club for our annual Spring Show! Our skaters are excited to show you their skills as they perform numbers from your favorite musical tales!

Showtimes:
Saturday, April 27th @ 6pm – https://fb.me/e/4aN1ADjpW
Sunday, April 28th @ 2pm – https://fb.me/e/1X9FJISeT

Tickets available at the door or you can pre-purchase for a discounted price. For event details, go the the Facebook Events pages (see above) or email us at events@amesfsc.org

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Miracle League of Ames

DatesMay 4, 9:00 AM
LocationInis Grove Park 2500 Duff Ave.
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactBen Flaherty
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Ames Parks & Recreation is excited to offer Miracle League for youth and adults with disabilities! In the Ames Miracle League, everyone bats, everyone scores, and every game ends in a tie!

Youth (five years and older) and adults with special needs are eligible to play in this coed, non-competitive baseball league. Teams will be formed after registration is completed. Team rosters and game schedules will be emailed a week before first game. Games will be played at Miracle League Field, Inis Grove Park. Games will start at 9 AM each Saturday. Bats will be provided. Players are encouraged to bring their own glove and helmet if desired.

WE WILL HAVE VOLUNTEER BUDDIES TO ASSIST PLAYERS ON THE FIELD.

Step Into Storybooks

DatesMay 4, 10:00 AM
LocationNorth Grand Mall; 2801 Grand Ave, Ames, IA 50010
Enroll ByN/A
Grades Preschool-2
ContactKristi Mayo
Phone515-520-8686
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This annual event provides fun literacy-rich experiences to inspire families to use reading and related activities at home with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Parents are children’s first teachers, and these early relationships and experiences influence a child’s brain development. Children who lack this nurturing fall short of their potential, enter school behind their peers and are likely to fall further behind in successive years. Older siblings always welcome, every child gets a FREE book.

Ames: May 4th, 2024, from 10 AM to 1 PM at North Grand Mall

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Bulldog Girls Basketball Camps

DatesJune 3, 12:00 AM
LocationKnapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA
Enroll ByJune 1
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactNicci Hays Fort
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Bulldog Girls Basketball camps are fun filled camps that work on fundamentals along with teamwork drills and activities.
Make sure to reserve your space to work with the MVC Women’s Basketball Champions this summer!

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Camp Invention

DatesJune 10, 12:00 AM
LocationGilbert Intermediate
Enroll ByMarch 27th to save $25 (code FUN25)
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMelissa Jones
Phone(515) 598-3156
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Introducing our all-new 2024 Camp Invention experience!

Give your young innovator an inspiring, action-packed summer adventure! Exciting, hands-on challenges will spark curiosity and build their confidence as they jump into limitless STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fun with opportunities to imagine, experiment, and create. Read more about what your camper will experience at camp:

INNOVATION
Gear up for sports and invention as you investigate the science of sports ball design, then personalize your own light-up game board. Get your creativity rolling to achieve your goal of being inducted into the Game of Fame!

PERSISTENCE
Shine bright as you use the science of light to create a customized Glow Box! Find inspiration from illuminating inventions and animals that glow to reveal a mystery behind a creature with a glowing feature.

PROBLEM-SOLVING
Embark on an epic global operation to solve real-world water challenges! With help from your own robotic Lab-On-Wheels, explore water-based technology, then unlock sustainable design thinking by engineering a tiny house with crops.

CREATIVITY
Step into the Prototyping Studio to bring your big ideas to life! Mold and transform unique inventions as you uncover the many places world-changing inventors create, then protect your prototypes with the power of intellectual property.

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Y Camp Summer 2024

DatesJune 10, 12:00 AM
Location1192 166th Drive Boone IA 50036
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
ContactMelanie Mellinger
Phone5154327558
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For 100 years, the Des Moines Y Camp has been filled with songs, laughter, adventures and friendship. Summer Camp is the foundation on which Y Camp is built. Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Family Camp and our amazing Partner Camps all work to bring the impact and value of camp to all who enter the Valley. If you’re looking for the ultimate camp experience, Summer Camp is the place to start. Find your next adventure at the Des Moines Y Camp!

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Wesley Woods Summer Camp

DatesJune 10, 12:00 AM
Location10896 Nixon Street Indianola, IA 50125
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactMikaela Dunn
Phone5159614523
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Join us for summer camp at Wesley Woods! We’re a Methodist church camp located in Indianola, IA with overnight and day camp options available. From horses to archery to campfire cooking and more, we’ve got something for everyone!

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Summer Theater Workshops

DatesJune 10, 12:00 AM
LocationStory Theater Company, Ames, IA
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactMorgan Reetz

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Each summer Story Theater Company offers a variety of camps tailored to different age ranges where kids have the opportunity to develop skills in the theater arts while building self-confidence in a safe and fun environment. STC’s camps are developed by professional educators and led by qualified, enthusiastic instructors.

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Junior Activity Club

DatesJune 10, 8:00 AM
LocationSportsIowa, 2176 232 Ln, Ames, IA 50014
Enroll Byn/a
Grades 3-5
ContactBrady
Phone515-321-1516
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This is a fun camp for boys & girls, K – 6th grade. With a variety of week opportunities in June & July, campers can attend the full weeks OR just the days they want. Responsible, committed, and engaged staff will create a WOW experience for your child with a variety or activities and learning each day. It is Educational, Enriching, and Empowering!

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Farm Kids

DatesJune 10, 9:00 AM
LocationStory City
Enroll ByMay 20th
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactTarah Trosen
Phone5155097989
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I can’t believe it’s almost time for FARM KIDS! Here are the dates for this summer! We are doing something new this year and adding a week of “MINI FARM KIDS” for 3-4 year olds! We can’t wait—it’s going to be a blast!

WHAT IS FARM KIDS???

FARM KIDS is a unique experience in which kids learn about gardening, farm animals, nature and how to bake from scratch. They will also make handmade toys to bring home, go on nature hikes and play games that have long been forgotten-like kick the can, potato sack races and tug of war, just to name a few!

FAQ:

LOCATION?
FARM KIDS is located just 2 miles north of Story City.

AGES?
5-11 years old and 3-4 years old for MINI FARM KIDS

DAYS/TIME?
FARM KIDS will run M-W 9am-12pm on specified weeks for the older group. For MINI FARM KIDS it will run W-F 9am-11am.

COST?
$110/weekly session

Please reserve your child’s place by emailing: foxhillretreat@gmail.com. Places are limited to 12 children per weekly session (8 children for MINI FARM KIDS) so please make sure to reserve before we fill up!

June 5-7: MINI FARM KIDS (ages 3-4)
June 10-12 (5-11 years old)

July 8-10 (5-11 years old)
July 15-17 (5-11 years old)

Summer Basketball Academy

DatesJune 10, 10:30 AM
LocationSportsIowa, 2176 232 Ln, Ames, IA 50014
Enroll ByJune 10, 2024
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
ContactBrady
Phone515-321-1516
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The Elite 360 Summer Basketball Academy is a great way for kids to dive right into basketball. Campers will be broken down by ability and age to allow better skill growth. They will learn fundamentals as well as be introduced to how skills are applied to the game.

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Beginner Sewing Class I

DatesJune 17, 9:00 AM
Location320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010 (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Enroll ByJune 17th, 2024
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Preschool-2
ContactEzy Nlenanya
Phone5153380447
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Group Sewing Classes I
Date: Jun17th – June 20th
Time: 9am to 12noon
Location: 320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010
(Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Age: 8 Years and above
Sewing is a great way to showcase creativity and encourage independence. Your kids will not be bored this summer, their imagination will run wild as they think of what to make for themselves and their friends.
This class is designed with beginners in mind. They will learn how to hand sew and how to use a sewing machine. They will learn to make:

Coasters

Scrunchies

Felt food.

Draw string bags.

Decorative pillows etc.
Classes will take place at 320 S 17th St, Ames (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room). Space is limited, so register now if interested.
Ezy Nlenanya is a designer with 10 plus years of experience and a teacher by profession. She has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology (ISU) and is a mother of three. She will be teaching the class with a few helpers. Ezy’s hands-on approach to teaching will guide your child in learning to use a sewing machine, from threading to sewing a straight line, and making items they will use and wear.
Sample Class Format: Hands on instruction.
Cost is $200 which includes:
* Sewing machine will be available
*All fabrics and notions
*An instruction booklet
* Mini sewing kit
* Snacks
Register today to save your spot, space is limited. Click on this link to register. Enroll by June 17th, 2024.
Zelle payment to 5153380447 or Venmo @justbestill
For more information contact Ezy Nlenanya – Email: Justbestill13@yahoo.com

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Summer Sewing Classes

DatesJune 17, 9:00 AM
Location320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010 (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Enroll ByJune 10th
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Preschool-2
ContactEzy Nlenanya
Phone5153380447
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Event Information

Summer Sewing Classes
Another opportunity for you and your
kids this summer to step into another level of creativity in sewing. Learning
how to sew will empower your kids, teach them eye-hand coordination, and
improve their fine motor skills. Sewing is a great way to showcase creativity
and encourage independence.

Beginner Class I ( Date: Jun17th – June 20th )

This class is designed with beginners in mind. My hands-on approach to teaching will guide your child in learning to use a sewing machine, from threading to sewing a straight line, and making items they will use and wear.

We will learn how to use a sewing machine, learn the basic hand sewing stitches and explore how to make :

* Fabric Coasters
* Scrunchies
* Bean bags.
* Felt food.
* Draw string bags.
* Decorative
pillows etc.

Beginner Class II ( Date: June 24th – June 27th )

This class is for students that can
use a sewing machine. They should know the
parts of the sewing machine and how it works from threading to changing the bobbin thread.
Students will learn different ways of doing the same thing
and more. Students should have made some
basic projects that involved hand hemming stitches, inserting elastics, etc.

We will learn
how to make:

* Standard Pillowcase

* Book sleeves

* Pig head neck pillow

* Draw String Backpack

* Shorts etc.

Doll /Rag Dolls Camp ( Date: July15th – July 18th)

In this sewing camp, we will be making doll clothes, pillows, sleeping bags, blankets etc. for 18-inches dolls. Students will need to bring their dolls for this workshop. We will also learn how to make rag dolls. This will be a fun class!

Time: 9am to 12noon

Location: 320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010 (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)

Age: 8 Years and above

Ezy Nlenanya is a designer with 10 plus years of experience
and a teacher by profession. She has a master’s degree in education (ISU) and
is a mother of three. She will be teaching the class with a few helpers. Ezy’s
hands-on approach to teaching will guide your child in learning how to sew. We
will be learning how to create our own patterns.

Register today to save your spot, space is limited. Enroll by June 10, 2024.

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Vacation Bible School

DatesJune 24, 12:00 AM
LocationGilbert Lutheran Church
Enroll ByJune 9th
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactKirsten Adams
Phone5153205119
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Event Information

All kids entering Kindergarten – 6th grade in 2024 are welcome to join us June 24-27 from 9-2 for Vacation Bible School! Games, bible studies, activities, crafts, and so much more will fill our time.

The cost is $30 for your first child and $20 for each additional child. This includes all programming, a t-shirt, and a morning snack. If money is a concern, we have scholarships available! Just contact kirsten@gilbertlutheran.org.

Deadline to register is Sunday, June 9th. After this date, the cost increases to $40 per child.

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Beginner Sewing Class II

DatesJune 24, 9:00 AM
Location320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010 (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Enroll ByEnroll by June 10, 2024.
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactEzy Nlenanya
Phone5153380447

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Group Sewing Classes II 2024
Date: June 24th – June 27th
Time: Mon – Thurs: 9.00am to 12noon
Location: 320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010
(Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Age: 8 Years and above.
Another opportunity for you and your kids this summer to step into another level of creativity in sewing. Learning how to sew will empower your kids, teach them eye-hand coordination, and improve their fine motor skills. Sewing is a great way to showcase creativity and encourage independence. This class is for students that can use a sewing machine. You should know the parts of your machine and how it works from threading to changing your bobbin thread. Students will learn different ways of doing the same thing and more. Students should have sewn some basic projects that involved hand sewing, inserting elastics, etc. We will learn how to make:
* Standard Pillowcase
* Book sleeves
* Pig head neck pillow
* Drawstring backpacks
* Shorts, etc..
Ezy Nlenanya is a designer with 10 plus years of experience and a teacher by profession. She has a master’s degree in education (ISU) and is a mother of three. She will be teaching the class with a few helpers. Ezy’s hands-on approach to teaching will guide your child in learning how to sew. We will be learning how to create our own patterns.
Sample Class Format: Hands on instructions.
Cost is $200 which includes:
* Sewing machine will be available for use.
*All fabrics and supplies
* Instructional book
* Mini sewing kit
* Fun Snacks
Register today to save your spot, space is limited.
Zelle payment to 5153380447 or Venmo @justbestill
For more information contact Ezy Nlenanya @ justbestill13@yahoo.com or text 5153380447.

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Friends of Ames Strings Summer String Workshop

DatesJuly 8, 9:00 AM
LocationAmes First United Methodist Church
Enroll ByJune 20, 2024
Grades 3-5, 6-8
ContactKelley Glotfelty
Phone515-451-1997

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The annual Friends of Ames Strings Summer Workshop is almost here! Youth orchestra students with one year of private lessons or school programming are welcome to join the fun. July 8-July 19, 2024 from 9 am -12 pm weekdays. This is an exceptional education and performance opportunity for up to 80 local youth including young orchestra students, elementary, intermediate and middle school string players. A free community performance is scheduled for July 19th at 6:30 pm.

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SHOWSTOPPERS Performing Arts Summer Camp

DatesJuly 15, 12:00 AM
LocationAmes High School
Enroll ByJune 1
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
ContactJennifer Toney
Phone217.201.4586
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SHOWSTOPPERS is the Premier Song & Dance Camp for Young Performers! Don’t miss this high-impact experience! Discover new skills, audition tips & vocal techniques to become a stronger performer! Learn new songs & choreography! Put on a show with props, microphones, solos & MORE!

Join us at Ames High School in July! No experience necessary! All schools welcome! As seen in Chicago, Omaha, Indianapolis and MORE, SHOWSTOPPERS is coming to Ames! This event is a fundraiser for the Ames H.S. Choir Program & Ames Youth Choir.

Basic Event Info:
Ames H.S. Choir Program & Ames Youth Choir Fundraiser
5 Day Performing Arts Summer Camp
July 15-19, 2024
All Schools Welcome
Current Grades K-8
3 Age Groups
Location: Ames High School

Camp Details: SHOWSTOPPERSjt.com

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Doll/Rag Doll Sewing Camp

DatesJuly 15, 9:00 AM
Location320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010 (Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Enroll ByJuly 10th, 2024.
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactEzy Nlenanya
Phone5153380447
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Dolls / Rag Doll Sewing Camp
Date: July15th – July 18th
Time: 9am to 12noon
Location: 320 S 17th St. Ames IA 50010
(Harvest Vineyard Workshop Room 111)
Age: 8 Years and above
In this sewing workshop, we will be making doll clothes, sleeping bags, pillows, blankets etc. for 18-inches dolls. Students will need to bring their dolls for this workshop. We will also learn how to make rag dolls. This will be a fun class!
Cost is $150 which includes:
* Sewing machine will be available for use.
*All fabrics and notions.
* Patterns.
* Fun Snacks.
Register today to save your spot, space is limited. Enroll by
Zelle payment to 5153380447 or Venmo @justbestill
For more information contact Ezy Nlenanya.
Email: Justbestill13@yahoo.com
Phone: 5153380447

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States’s 4-H Exchange

DatesJuly 21, 12:00 AM
Enroll ByApril 15, 2024
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactMadeleine Bretey-Smith
Phone5152942748
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Event Information

Have you ever wanted to experience different cultures but do not have upcoming plans to travel to a different country? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to host a Japanese youth (ages 12-17) this summer!

This is a great opportunity to assist these students in experiencing American culture while also experiencing Japanese culture yourself. Please see the information below and the attachments to learn more!

What does it take to be a host family?
To be a host family, you must have a child in your home between the ages of 11-17. If chosen to be a host family, you will be placed with a Japanese youth within 3+ years of age of your child. Placing youth in a safe and caring environment is an essential part of the program. To ensure this, all adults in the home must undergo a background screening, a short virtual child abuse awareness training, and a home visit before being selected to be a host family.

What does the process look like?
Tentative Program Timeline
April 15 – Host Family Applications Due
Application Submission – June 1 – Home Visits for Applicant Families
June 1 – All Screening Paperwork Due in our CyCheck Portal
June 1 – Youth Assigned to Families
July 21 – Youth Arrive in Iowa
July 22 – Youth Pickup in Ames
TBD – Midpoint Meet Up (Optional)
August 15 – Families Drop off Youth in DSM
August 16 – Youth Depart for Back Home

How could my family benefit from being a host family?
How might your family grow with States’ 4-H? Learn what other host families have to share from their challenges, advice, growth, learning, communication, and development! Some quotes we particularly loved from the video “Live generously” (as seen on one of the host brother’s shirts). “We’re better having Yui.” “If you are thinking about hosting, you just need to do it.”

What does being a host family look like?
Hosting is a rewarding experience, but a lot of questions can come up when considering hosting! We will have an orientation session for all host families in 2024, but before applying, please check our Host Family FAQ sheet to help answer some common questions we often get!
host_family_faqs_2023.pdf (iastate.edu)

Where can I find more information about hosting?
Information on our International Exchange programs can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowa-4-h-international-programs

You can access the host family application link here: https://www.states4hexchange.org/apply/host/

We hope you consider hosting a delegate for our Summer 2024 Program, and please reach out with any questions you may have!

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Join 4-H

DatesAugust 31, 12:00 AM
LocationStory County
Enroll Byongoing
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactMary Wilkins
Phone515-337-1601
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Event Information

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenships and life skills offered trough a variety of settings: Clubs, schools, day camps, overnight camps, afterschool, and other learning environments. 4-H gives kids and teens opportunities to experience life skills and practice them in a safe environment with caring adults.

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4-H Clover Kids

DatesAugust 31, 12:00 AM
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMary Wilkins
Phone515-337-1601
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Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity.

In order to provide a high quality learning experience, the Clover Kids program is designed to be continuous and long-term. For this reason, Clover Kids groups meet on a regular basis. In addition to Clover Kids, the Iowa 4-H program offers a variety of experiences and activities that children in kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in.

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Gilbert Community School District

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