Junior Leaders Help Project Linus
The Newton County 4-H Junior Leaders program serves the county in many ways.
Recently, members reached out to help Project Linus, a nonprofit organization
that collects blankets for homeless children in Indiana.
A former junior leader collected 57 blankets and current members made 20 fleece
tie blankets that were given to Project Linus.
Program Encourages Reading
Children’s early experiences with books are very important in helping them
succeed when they start school. To that end, 34 high school child development
students learned about Dialogic Reading.
Through the program they worked with other high school students to create lessons
with teaching activities based on a children’s book. The high school students then
read to about 240 children at Morocco Preschool, South Newton Preschool, Roselawn
Head Start, Goodland Head Start, and kindergarten children at Morocco, Lincoln and
South Newton elementary schools.
Each child received a new book to keep.
Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Jean Ann Behney Reading
is Fun: Early Readers Program. Purdue Extension, Step Ahead, North Newton Schools
and South Newton Schools worked together to promote school readiness and foster a
love of learning through reading.
Purdue Extension Delivers
- Every $1 spent on the Indiana Family Nutrition Program
is expected to create $35.75 in economic returns.
- In a recent survey, 94% of Indiana 4-H participants
graduating from high school planned to pursue post-secondary
- In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded
that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in
- Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients
received more than $7 million in grants to support
Nutrition Lessons Aid Young Mother
The Family Nutrition Program Assistant (FNP) helped a young Newton County mother
learn more about appropriate portion sizes for her young children.
The woman learned about the parent's role and the child’s responsibility when it
comes to mealtime. Additional individual lessons about meal planning and making
a shopping list helped the young mother spend less money and avoid impulse buying.
She now finds herself better organized, spending less at the grocery store and not
as frustrated at mealtime with her child.
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