We are Hadleigh Bolton and Xavier Lovering, both 12, and we are 4-H members who recently joined the club as the club’s new reporters, replacing Elle Arvesen.
I, Hadleigh, have just started my first year at Laguna Blanca, and I, Xavier, have just started seventh year at Dunn Middle School.
We both joined 4-H in the fall of 2019 after hearing about it from friends, and we are excited to report back to the community in our monthly columns on what 4-H kids are doing in our community. club, in the county and even in the nation. .
Before joining 4-H, we didn’t know it was more than just animals, but Lucky Clover came up with a public speaking project that caught our eye.
Our first year was tough, but we both passed the state competition and won the top two awards: gold and platinum. This year we have decided to take on a new leadership challenge as club reporters.
Last year everything was a lot less fun with all the meetings being held virtually. It was hard. While some things have changed a bit since COVID-19, we’re back to face-to-face meetings with safety protocols in place such as masks, hand sanitizer, being outside, work.
4-H really has something for everyone, ages 9-18. Most clubs also offer activities for the youngest.
A lot of people think that 4-H is all about animal projects, but it offers even more than that.
According to Jennifer Berman, our Lucky Clover Project Manager, 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the United States with nearly 6 million members. And with guidance from adult mentors, kids complete hands-on learning projects in any area of interest or expertise that an adult wishes to share.
There are 17 clubs in Santa Barbara County offering a variety of animal project groups as well as other hands-on projects like sewing, robotics, woodworking, welding, beekeeping, shooting sports and more. Again. The club is also open to new project group ideas and welcomes feedback.
Come and attend our first club reunion at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 13 at The Grange, 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave. in Los Olivos. To find a list of proposed projects or to volunteer as an adult mentor, visit SB4H.org
We are excited and hopeful for the New Year!
Local high school students, Hadleigh Bolton and Xavier Lovering are the Lucky Clover 4-H Club’s elected reporters.