4-H offers make-and-take activity and information at Festival of Families

This annual event provides an opportunity to learn about MSU Extension workforce development resources and 4-H.

Berrien County 4-H will join other service agencies and community partners for the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Festival of Families, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Michigan State University Extension works with Berrien RESA staff throughout the year to support educational programming as young people and their families work towards meeting their future plans and goals.

As stated in my previous article, “Festival of Families in Berrien County,” the Berrien RESA’s Festival of Families “provides an opportunity for local residents to learn about the educational and community resources available in the region, which aim to help children and families succeed.”

Festival of Families is a free event for the community to attend. According to Berrien RESA, visitors will learn about services and opportunities that will empower and promote student success in a variety of ways—physically, emotionally, academically, vocationally, and in life.

Festival of Families is a fun and positive way to spend a Saturday during Michigan’s beautiful fall colors. Our 4-H booth will provide materials and information about:

  • All of our Berrien County 4-H clubs and how to join 4-H.
  • We Can Ride 4-H Club, which provides therapeutic horseback riding while fostering life skills for youth with disabilities. This will include information about their Oct. 7 Ride-A-Thon.
  • Workforce development topics such as the perfect business handshake, tips for completing applications and resumes or writing a thank-you note.
  • The Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program that is taught each winter.

4-H is all about learning by doing the hands-on way, so we will also provide a fun make-and-take activity—a leaf stick person! We even have many colors of google eyes and sticks for you to express your creativity.

We look forward to seeing you Sept. 23 at Festival of Families in Berrien County!

To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth career preparation, money management and entrepreneurship programs, read the 2016 Impact Report: “Preparing Michigan Youth for Future Employment.”

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