4-H members learn valuable life skills while learning to quilt

Three members of the Friends and Stitches 4-H Club in Chippewa County learned essential life skills while each created an original baby quilt. Under the guidance of Sherry Duesing, 4-H club leader, Missy Buhro, Kaitlin Goetz and Rachel Yanni practiced skills such as goal setting, communication, problem solving, service learning, friendship, community service and giving. The girls spent more than a year working on the project. Then on Dec.16, 2011, they donated the baby quilts to the Care Net Pregnancy Center to be given out to mothers in the community.

 The girls are grateful to Mrs. Duesing for her time and patient instruction; the Sault Area Middle School, which donated the use of their Life Skills room so that the girls could work on the project; and Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development Chippewa County, which supported the girls through a mini-grant. The mini-grant, part of the funds collected through the 4-H Participation Fee, purchased the National 4-H sewing curriculumand materials for the project.

MSU Extension Chippewa County 4-H program instructor Andrea Caron, 4-H members, and 4-H club leader Sherry Duesing display quilts that the three 4-H members made and donated.

A team effort (L-R): MSU Extension Chippewa County 4-H program instructor Andrea Caron, 4-H members, and 4-H club leader Sherry Duesing display quilts that the three 4-H members made and donated to Care Net Pregnancy Center Dec.16, 2011. Photo credit: Deb Colbert of the Care Net Pregnancy Center

 “The members not only increased their sewing skills and completed their 4-H project, but they also increased their community awareness and empathy,” said Andrea Caron, 4-H program instructor.

 What I see is another example of 4-H’s Revolution of Responsibility – 4-H youth stepping up to make their club, their community, their country and their world a better place for all. Thanks for being a great model for us, girls!

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