Youth and their families can pick up a brown bag activity from the Grant County 4-H office. Totes are available outside the courthouse on the east side of the building near the extension office door. The bag includes all the supplies and instructions to complete each activity. The programs are free.
“We are excited to offer this innovative approach to reach, educate, and entertain youth around the area,” says Sara Koepke, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. “Our plan to is provide two different programs – one in each tote. Once all the program bags are gone, we will replenish them with new programs.”
The totes now contain a cultural education program to make an African tribal mask. The other program encourages youth to plant flower seeds and grow a bean in a bottle to learn about the life cycle of a plant. Koepke says, “We are also working on programs like how to sew a button, bread in a bag, painting, and health.”
The idea for the brown bag program came from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. “Like them,” Koepke says, “we are trying to do online program delivery, but in a rural area like Grant County, access to internet services or supplies are limited. This approach can help youth learn by doing and pass the time without feeling like more schoolwork through distance learning.”