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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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ACT Raising Safe Kids

DatesFebruary 27, 6:30 PM
LocationVirtual via Zoom
Enroll By02/20/24
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMalisa Rader
Phone515-708-0622
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Have you ever wondered if you are on the right path when parenting your children? If you would like to strengthen your parenting skills with children birth to age 8, join other parents and caregivers to learn about positive parenting practices that help create stable, safe, healthy, and nurturing environments and relationships.

In the series of lessons parents and caregivers will gain strategies for:
Dealing with children’s difficult behaviors using developmentally appropriate responses;
Controlling their own anger;
Helping children control their anger;
Teaching children how to resolve conflicts without using violence;
Using positive discipline methods that fit the children’s age; and
Reducing the influence of media violence on children.

Foster parent credit is available.

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ACT Raising Safe Kids

DatesMarch 1, 1:00 PM
LocationVirtual via Zoom
Enroll By02/20/24
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMalisa Rader
Phone515-708-0622
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Have you ever wondered if you are on the right path when parenting your children? If you would like to strengthen your parenting skills with children birth to age 8, join other parents and caregivers to learn about positive parenting practices that help create stable, safe, healthy, and nurturing environments and relationships.

In the series of lessons parents and caregivers will gain strategies for:
Dealing with children’s difficult behaviors using developmentally appropriate responses;
Controlling their own anger;
Helping children control their anger;
Teaching children how to resolve conflicts without using violence;
Using positive discipline methods that fit the children’s age; and
Reducing the influence of media violence on children.

Foster parent credit is available.

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Babysitting Basics

DatesMarch 11, 8:30 AM
LocationStory County Extension and Outreach
Enroll By3/04/24
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactMary Wilkins
Phone515-337-1601
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Youth 5th grade and up are invited to join in and learn all about babysitting.

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Spring Break All Hoops Camp

DatesMarch 11, 9:00 AM
LocationSportsIowa, 2176 232 Ln, Ames, IA 50014
Enroll ByMarch 11
Grades 3-5, 6-8
ContactBrady
Phone515-321-1516
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This is a 3 day (mornings, 9 AM – 12 PM) basketball camp for boys & girls, 1st – 8th grade. It will be filled with offense drills, defense drills, good competition, and expert coaching to help them learn more about the game and improve their skills. It is a good camp for everyone, seasoned athletes or those just starting out. Athletes can attend all 3 days or just the days that work in their schedule.

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Safety and Wellness Explorers

DatesMarch 13, 12:00 AM
LocationStory County Extension, 1421 S. Bell Ave., Ste 107, Ames, IA 50010
Enroll By03/04/24
Grades 3-5, Preschool-2
ContactMary Wilkins
Phone515-337-1601
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Youth in K-3 are invited to join us in discovering safety and wellness together! Story County Public Health will lead us in activities about water safety, being safe in the sun, making a health snack together and how movement is good for our health!

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Ames Has Talent 2024

DatesMarch 24, 12:00 AM
Location5501 George Washington Carver Ave, Ames
Enroll By03/20/2024
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactAmes Youth Choir
Phone5152901422
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Ames Youth Choir is sponsoring the 2024 Ames Has Talent Competition on March 24th, 2024. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information and reach out to info@ameschildrenschoirs.org to register. All acts performed by children grades K-12 welcome. We do separate age categories as well as separate act categories to keep a variety of competition winners.

Go Further Girls STEM Conference

DatesMarch 26, 9:00 AM
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactTaylor Bryan
Phone515-294-5814
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ISU Student Role Models presents 4 STEM Exploration camps per semester that provides experiences into different fields of STEM for 8th to 10th grade students. Each camp is led by Iowa State University students who are currently studying each specific field. *This is not a school sponsored event*

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Healthy Household: Family Workshop 1 in Colo

DatesApril 2, 12:00 AM
LocationColo Community Center
Enroll By3/20/24
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactAngie Simmering
Phone5153371601
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Families are invited to join together in one of our four week workshop series centered around
helping families with their food budget with practical skills and knowledge. Youth and adults will break
into sessions in which the youth will be assisting an educator
in cooking a recipe. Adults will learn strategic meal planning,
smart shopping tips and tricks, and reliable resources to
know when cooking meals for their families. At the end of
each session, both groups will come together to sample the
recipe.
Families will get ingredients for the recipe that is
created each week to take home and make the
recipe together!

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interACT

DatesApril 4, 6:30 PM
LocationStory County Extension, 1421 S Bell Ave, Ste 107, Ames, IA 50010
Enroll By3/15/2024
Grades 3-5, 6-8
ContactMary Wilkins
Phone515-337-1601
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Learn Skills to help you Accept, Choose, and Take Action for self care
and healthy relationships! interACT is a FREE four week series with one
hour separate group sessions for adults and youth!
Lessons Focus On:
• living a life that follows your values
• setting goals to reach new heights
• learning new tools to connect with
each other
• finding new ways to be in the present
moment
• how to overcome difficult thoughts
and feelings
• and much more!

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GoFurther

DatesApril 6, 12:00 AM
Grades 6-8, 9-12
ContactTaylor Bryan
Phone5152945814
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ISU Student Role Models presents 4 STEM Exploration camps per semester that provides experiences into different fields of STEM for 8th to 10th grade students. Each camp is led by Iowa State University students who are currently studying each specific field. *This is not a school sponsored event*

Healthy Household: Family Workshop 2 in Story City

DatesApril 6, 11:00 AM
LocationStory City Library
Enroll By3/20/24
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Preschool-2
ContactAngie Simmering
Phone5153371601
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Families are invited to join together in one of our four week workshop series centered around
helping families with their food budget with practical skills and knowledge. Youth and adults will break
into sessions in which the youth will be assisting an educator
in cooking a recipe. Adults will learn strategic meal planning,
smart shopping tips and tricks, and reliable resources to
know when cooking meals for their families. At the end of
each session, both groups will come together to sample the
recipe.
Families will get ingredients for the recipe that is
created each week to take home and make the
recipe together!

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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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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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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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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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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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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

Gilbert Community School District

103 Mathews Drive, Gilbert, Iowa 50105  |  (515) 232-3740