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JOANN Mini-Grant Spotlight

Hardin County's Spark Lab on the Go

Last spring, Ohio 4-H partnered with JOANN for the “Clovers for Kids” campaign, where shoppers could donate to 4-H at checkout. Through this program, the Ohio 4-H Foundation awarded $9000 in mini-grants to county 4-H programs throughout the state. Thank you for supporting 4-H at your local JOANN store. Read below for more about the programs supported by these contributions.

Spark Labs on the Go

At the 2019 Hardin County Fair, 4-H hosted “Spark Lab on the Go,” an interactive educational area featuring computer science stations that included virtual reality, robotics, and circuits. More than 300 youth visited the Spark Lab during the fair, which also included STEM make-it, take-it activities with straw rockets, paper circuits and slime.

Mercer County Blankets for Local Food Pantry Mercer County teens making blankets to donate.

Mercer County 4-H Camp Counselors made eight fleece blankets for the Community Action Life Line (C.A.L.L.) Food Pantry to distribute to families in need for this winter. The counselors enjoyed making the blankets and friendships while helping community. One counselor shared, “It was fun to help out the community while getting to know my fellow counselors better”.




Washington County 4-H Camp Pottery Class

Washington County 4-H camp taught “Pottery Without a Kiln” at their Junior and Senior 4-H camps. Over 30 campers attended the three-part pottery classes while attending camp this past summer. Campers were able to design their own clay bowl or dish, allow it to dry, and then decorate. Participants enjoyed being able to use tools and paint to decorate it in any way they wanted.Pottery made at Washington County 4-H Camp.