“(The kids) really enjoy the process for what they want to do and planning what they want to do,” she said.
The kids being involved with 4-H at Oesterlen can mean getting experience for them to join another 4-H at a later time.
“Typically, they may not have the opportunity to join a 4-H club prior to their time here,” Kinnunen said. “But here, when they get the opportunity to partake. It is a skill they can take when they leave here. There are 4-H clubs all over the country and anywhere the child would go, they would be able to join.”
The 4-H club can also provide students with opportunities for when they become adults, Warner said.
“The primary thing is that we want the kids to pick a project that they are interested in,” he said. “It helps them to build some job skills, relationship building skills and we go forward with that.”
The kids get a chance to interact with each other also, Warner said, which is good practice for when they are out in the real world.
Kinnunen said the club started because of a dream to offer their kids something that might not have been available to them before they got to the campus.
The projects were graded by local guest judges including Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland, Clark County Sheriff Chief Deputy Travis Russell, Clark County Clerk of Court Melissa Tuttle, Springfield City Schools District Supervisor Georgette Razor, and Springfield commission candidate Rob Rue.
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