Enthusiastic new 4-H club to be featured in National Bank video

Eric McCarthy
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COLEMAN CORNER -- In just its first year of existence, the OLeary Explorers 4-H Club has already grown to 23 members.

The new club, which meets at the West Prince Tired Iron Clubhouse at Coleman Corner has shown so much enthusiasm that it is being featured in a video promoting the National Banks One for Youth Initiative.

P.E.I. 4-H was the recipient of a $10,000 grant through the program to help pilot a 4-H after-school program. P.E.I. 4-Hs provincial coordinator Emily Brown said the goal is to offer an eight-week 4-H program in four to six schools. The National Banks grant will help the 4-H provincial council get the after school program off the ground, she said.

Were working quickly, in the next couple of months, to develop an after school program, making 4-H more accessible to folks who may not have been able to catch it before,Brown confirmed. Because it will be offered as an eight-week module, Brown said it might look a little different than the traditional community-based program that is offered throughout the year.

During the pilot, Brown said, provincial 4-H will determine whether the school-based program would be able to continue in the future without such funding.

The big goal is to get in the wings, into places where we dont have a community club, Brown said. In addition to introducing the program to potential members, Brown said it will also provide new opportunities in 4-H for existing members.

So it will be a pilot, but it will be one worth happening, for sureshe said.

The OLeary 4-H members are working on an Exploring 4-H project as their introduction to the program, gaining awareness of various 4-H projects. For the shooting of the National Banks One for Youth video, enthusiastic members gathered at the Tired Iron Club House to try their hand at a variety of projects. I couldnt believe how many kids were here and having so much fun, National Bank associate vice president Jocelyn Longpre said after observing the young members learning new skills.

Organizations: National Bank, Tired Iron Club House

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