4-H’ers get SPARK of creativity

The Tribune staff reports

Jackson County 4-H members have been busy participating in SPARK clubs this summer.

On June 2 at the Community Foundation of Jackson County and June 16 at Zion Lutheran Church, three 4-H’ers met for Origami SPARK Club meetings. Jada Miller, Carly Perry and Mackenzie Waskom were given the opportunity to learn how to make origami paper crafts, interact with others in attendance in an effort to broaden horizons and experience Japanese culture with other members.

On June 15 at the Purdue Extension Jackson County office, 12 Mini 4-H members attended Creepy Crawly Day. Amanda Stuckwisch and Sam Silver led the Mini 4-H’ers in various activities relating to all things creepy and crawly.

They had the opportunity to participate in a bug scavenger hunt, form bug fossils and create coffee filter butterflies.

Worksheets also were available for members to learn new facts about different types of bugs, and previous 4-H entomology projects were on display.

On June 13, a photography workshop was conducted at Marshall Memories Photography. Jamie Marshall led the workshop and discussed different photography strategies with the members, such as the tic-tac-toe method, the triangle method, different angles and zooming methods and more.

All of the strategies discussed were applicable to the photography activity book and photography project.

An interactive portion of the workshop gave members the opportunity to go outside and take various pictures using the methods they were taught.

4-H photography members attending were Bridget Marshall, Brylee Ramsey, Chloe Baker, Kelsey Schneider, Kirstie Rascoe, Nev Cockerham and Trevor Alberring.

On June 9, 4-H’ers Levi Froedge and Cody Burnside attended an electric workshop at the extension office. Led by Betty Baute, the boys were able to practice techniques commonly used in electric, learn about the requirements for the 4-H project and perfect wiring, soldering and connection techniques.

If you are interested in joining 4-H or participating in future SPARK clubs, call the extension office at 812-358-6101.