OSAGE | The weather outside was snowing, but inside excitement filled the air as Mitchell County Clover Kids kicked off the new year with a Clover Palooza! at the Cedar River Complex, Osage.
Thirty youth in kindergarten through third grade attended an Apple Pie Workshop sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Sunday, Oct. 14. The West Lincoln Blues 4-H Club hosted the event.
The Clover Kids mixed their pie filling and prepared their own apple pie that they could bake at home. They engaged in apple science and STEM activities which included apple volcanoes, an apple tower challenge, apple core craft, and “what makes an apple turn brown” experiment. An apple smile snack was made and enjoyed while sipping apple cider and apple juice and listening to a storybook about apple pie of course. Several grandparents, parents, older siblings and even a cousin attended – this was a wonderful opportunity to interact and spend some quality family time together.
Clover Palooza participants were Ryllar Bublitz, Marleigh Burton, Rogan Cole, Ashtyn Cordes, Aubrey Easton, Lathen Easton, Garrett Elgin, Taryn Goergen, Bailey Hemann, Bennett Hemann, Sierra Hines, Kylie Johnson, Kaycee Kominek, Claire Kuper, Lauren Lenz, Thomas Lenz, Pyper Malmin, Liam Meitner, Chanslee Meitner, Eion Mellmann, Layna Mitchell, Caleb Rachut, Kaylee Schwarck, Tyson Smolik, Lily Souder, Charlie Souder, Paige Sponheim, Lucy Stricker, Kellen Taets, and Halle Voight.
Sydney Patterson, serving as a state 4-H Council member, helped conduct the workshop. Sydney is from Worth County. 4-H members who helped with the event were Scarlett Byrnes, Reagan Hollatz, Connor Mehmen, Paige Mehmen, Ella Sparrow, Jack Sparrow, and Alexa Thyer. Adult volunteers included Amy Mehmen and Carrie Sparrow.
The 4-H Afterschool Clover Kids program will begin in November. This group meets after school at St. Ansgar Elementary School on Wednesdays and Lincoln Elementary School in Osage on Thursdays, November through April. Participants will have a snack, play games, and do fun projects.
Registration forms are available at the Mitchell County Extension and Outreach Office, 315 Main Street, Osage. The program is looking for volunteers to help with the program.
For more information contact Susan Ringhofer, Clover Kids Coordinator, at 641-732-5574.