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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Mitchell County held a graduation ceremony for 24 third graders at the April meeting of the 4-H Clover Kids Afterschool Program.

Clover Kids is a program for youth in kindergarten through third grade. Certificates were given to the third grade Clover Kids who graduated from the program and became eligible to enroll in a 4-H community club this fall.

Clover Kids receiving certificates were Isis Beyer, Evan Bremer, Emerson Brumm, Emmery Dodd, Garrett Elgin, Madyson Hase, Ella Horgen, Sophia Huisman, Madden Jacobs, Kylee Kruse, Raiden Kuntz, Thomas Lenz, Robert Marks, Jaeda Mayer, Kiersten McRoberts, Olivia Muhs, Chloe Ostrander, Isabelle Reinardy, Laila Rogers, Brielle Thurnau, Aaron Tichy, Hailey Voigt, Hope Voigt, and Adyson Weber.

Over 125 youth participated in the Clover Kids Afterschool Program which was held during the months of November through April in the Osage and St. Ansgar elementary schools.

The 2018-19 Clover Kids program utilized Stem-Lit to Go! Iowa, an innovative 4-H program that supports the development of STEM and literacy skills while learning about Iowa. Some of this year’s activities included making ice cream, launching marshmallows, coding Hexbugs, and constructing a chair for Goldilocks. A healthy living challenge was also part of the curriculum.

In the last session of the year, Clover Kids learned about probability and participated in games of chance to learn more about math concepts. They learned that math is an important part of our lives!

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Even though the afterschool program has ended, there are plenty of other activities for the Clover Kids to be involved in this summer. As a participant in the afterschool program, the Clover Kids have the opportunity to bring a couple exhibits to the 4-H building to display at the county fair. Registration forms for summer day camps will be available in the Extension office on May 1st.

There were 23 dedicated, enthusiastic adult and youth volunteers that helped make this 4-H youth development program possible. Volunteers with the Clover Kids program were Carina Blake, Natalie Bork, Jocelyn Cole, Katie Easton, Tiffany Goergen, Anna Halvorson, Reagan Hollatz, Ann Johanns,

Abby Johnson, Josie Juhl, Brenna Kruse, Alicia Kuper, Amy Marcks, Carrie Mayer, Connor

Mehmen, Paige Mehmen, Susanna Meier, Calvin Mellmann, Sydney Patterson, Julia Ringhofer, Ella Sparrow, Jack Sparrow, and Lindsay Voight.

Clover Kids is a program open to all youth in grades K-3. If you are interested in finding out more information about the program and how to get involved, contact Susan Ringhofer, Clover Kids Coordinator, at the Mitchell County Extension Office, 315 Main St., Osage, IA or call 641-732-5574.

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