Youth in 4-H Clubs are known for doing good works in the community.
But the 10 4-H’ers at Plainview took it a step further by providing service to their fellow Plainview classmates in the special education program.
Thursday afternoon, the Plainview Elementary 4-H’ers gathered for a meeting, but included fellow student John Bristow and Dana Richardson, special education teacher. With John placed in the middle of the classroom, one 4-H’er approached the special needs student and clipped a bib, created from terry cloth and a colorful alphabet fabric, around his neck, bringing a smile to John’s face.
“We thought it would be nice to help others,” Jentri Rayburn said about the recent service and sewing project.
The 4-H’ers presented 10 bibs they created to the special education program. The bibs will be worn by students in the special education program during breakfast, lunch and snack time.
The bibs were part of a sewing project for the club members. Originally, the bibs were planned to be donated to a nursing home, but that changed after members began to discuss the project. As a group, the 4-H’ers decided to make the bibs smaller for people their own size.
“We really want to help,” Sarah Annis said.
On Feb. 7, a day off from school, the 4-H’ers met at the Carter County Cooperative Extension Services Office. They spent an afternoon sewing the bids from donated materials.
“What was so unique about this is, they spent their day out of school thinking of others,” said Juli Rayburn, the 4-H leader. “They can be the example for others to get involved.”
This was not the first sewing project by the club members. In the past, the Plainview 4-H’ers have worked on aprons and recycled denim handbag sewing projects.
The club members are also familiar with community service. The club makes frequent trips to a local nursing home to spend time with residents.
“It is the best club I am in, and I am involved in a lot,” Rylie McDonald said.
The club’s next service project will be participation in the Lake Murray Shoreline Cleanup event on March 8.
Until then, the 4-H’ers say they look forward to seeing their sewing projects get put to use by their fellow classmates.
“I hope to see smiles on their faces when they wear the bibs,” Grace Norton said.