Learning about small animals, helping community

By Eden Hussey / Coarsegold 4-h Club ReporterMarch 27, 2013 

On March 3 Madera County 4-H held its annual Small Animal Expo. This is when all the members who show small animals like poultry, rabbits and dogs come together for testing. 4-H members take a written test and then take a verbal test including the different kinds of feed we use, details about the breeds of animals we are raisin, and equipment used related to our species. We also exhibit showmanship with our animals and get tested on animal judging.

Coarsegold 4-H went and everyone who participated got a medal.

Josh Shea, Paige Cruz, Alexis Ayala and Emma Hussey got medals for passing Poultry, Level 1. Myself and Tryston Lewis passed and got medals for Poultry, Level 3. There are four levels for each species and once we pass all four, we can become a judge or help members that are not at that level yet.

On March 5, Coarsegold 4-H sold Kids Day Papers for Childrens Hospital Central California at Raleys in Oakhurst. Every year, we sell Kids Day Papers to help raise money for sick children at Childrens Hospital. Kids Day Papers cost one dollar and lots of people often donate more than that. This is only one of the many community service projects that Coarsegold 4-H does.

The club trys to do at least one communty service project a month. Deonne Gonzalez is the community service leader and her son, Roman Gonzalez is the junior group leader.

Our leader is Pat Strimling and if you would like to join our 4-H, call her at (559) 683-5149. You don't have to be a student at Coarsegold Elementary to be a member of Coarsegold 4-H, you can live anywhere in Madera County as long as you can come to our meetings. Our group meetings are at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Coarsegold Community Center.

Madera County 4-H Youth Program is a non-profit organization for youth who are nine years old or who have completed the third grade and up to age 19 years of age.

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