Purdue Extension
Making a Difference in Newton County

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 education.

  • In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in economic impact.

  • Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients received more than $7 million in grants to support community projects.
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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