University of Maryland Extension

The Mid Winter Blah's

On January 31, 2015 seventy five Carroll County 4-H youth enjoyed a day of taking classes and learning new skills while attending the Annual Beat the Mid-Winter Blahs held at the Carroll County Extension Office and Ag Center.  Thirty eight different classes were enjoyed by children ages 5 -18.

The classes ranged from thirty minute classes to two hour half day classes.  Children enjoyed a variety of classes taught by volunteers from the 4-H program and two guest teachers from Volunteer Maryland.  Our guest teachers, Jessica Paguirigan and Nicole Meyers shared their expertise with classes in Knitting and Pet First Aid.

Our talented 4-H volunteers and youth taught a variety of classes including:  Dragon Cakes, Cover It In Chocolate, Tie Dye, Hand Dipped Candles, Milk Carton Candle, Socktastic Creations, Earring Picture Frame, Simple Pillowcase, Squirrel Feeder, Macramé Plant Hanger, Recycled Craft, Reindeer Craft, Paper Quilling, Pop Top Bracelet, Build a Poem, Winter Beaded Bracelet, Mystery Craft, Bunny Broom Deco, Hanging Bench Birdfeeder, Valentine Craft, Soap Making, Wooden Snowman Measuring Stick, Candy Making, Painting Fondant, Gourd Birdfeeder, Wooden Horse Bridle Rack, Scraptastic Scrapbook Paper Creations, Raising a Seeing Eye Puppy, T-Shirt Tote Bag and Pillow, Fall Decorated Shirt, Weave a Cherry Tree, Creating a Speech or Demonstration and What’s Environmental Science.  Some classes required a small class fee when the teacher provided and prepared the materials for class. Other classes supplied a list of required materials and children brought supplies to the class. Deer Park 4-H Club sold pizza, chips, and fruit snacks for lunch.

Some of the comments provided by the instructors included: “great event! And really sweet kids” and “it was helpful to have parents/ambassadors to help the younger kids” and “great group of children.”  The children who participated in the evaluations all indicated that the classes they enjoyed should be offered again so others can take the class.  The day was a great success.  Thank you to the staff, volunteers, parents and youth who donate their time and talents to make this event possible each year.  

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