By GERALYN SACHS
4-H youth pledge their “hands to larger service” as they learn about the needs of their community and demonstrate how to give back to others. Recently the St. Johns County 4-H Cloverbud Club members used their hands for larger service as they constructed pet toys using tennis balls, cat nip, rope, rubber bands, and felt. 4-H Club members made 23 braided felt and rope toys for the pets at the St. Johns County Pet Center.
Ed Martin, Animal Control Assistant Manager, from the St. Johns County Pet Center attended the Cloverbud’s February 4-H Club meeting to receive the toys for the Center. Mr. Martin spoke to the youth about the Pet Center and gave them a tour of his animal control truck. He also demonstrated some of the tools he uses while on the job. The 4-H members were very interested in the different leash styles used that were dependent upon the temperament of the animal being captured.
The Cloverbud 4-H Club meets once a month at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center and is geared for youth ages 5-7, as of September 1, 2016. This 4-H club is led by 4-H Volunteers Mandy-Figueroa Batts and Andrea De Palma, as well as 4-H Extension Agent, Geralyn Sachs. In addition to the Cloverbud Club, there are other 4-H clubs throughout the county that meet at various times for youth ages 5-18, as of September 1, 2016. If you are interested in learning more about the 4-H Program or 4-H volunteering opportunities, please contact the 4-H Office at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center (3125 Agricultural Center Drive, St. Augustine, 32092) at 904 209-0430.