Polk County 4-H offers free winter classes 

Published 11:50 am Tuesday, December 19, 2023

COLUMBUS—Polk County 4-H recently announced its latest programs for the winter season, a series of free educational activities for children called “Winter Fun.” The organization offers classes year-round at the Polk County Center of the NC Co-Op Extension, located at 79 Carmel Lane.

Participants must have a 4-H online account to register for the programs.

The classes include the 4-H Sewing Program for ages 9-17, which will teach children the basics of sewing. The class runs from January 22 to March 22 on Mondays and Tuesdays. The 4-H Poultry Program for ages 8-15 offers kids the chance to learn how to take care of chickens properly on the fourth Thursday of every month from January to May.

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The 4-H Cloverbud program for ages 5-8 teaches young children to work in a group, taking place on the third Thursday of each month. For youth ages 9-15, there is an overview of goat breeding and kidding, with classes taking place Wednesdays from January 10 to January 31.

The 4-H Electric Program for ages 10-15 instructs children in the principles of electronics and electricity. The class takes place on the second Thursday each month from January to May. Finally, the Teen Council for ages 12-17 occurs on the third Friday of the month, January through May, and teaches teenagers how to better help their communities through leadership, volunteer and civic engagement activities.

All classes take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The name 4-H stands for “head, heart, hands and health,” the clover symbol was used to make it easier to recognize the goods produced and sold by the youth groups.

Enrollment opens on January 11. To register, visit polk.ces.ncsu.edu. For more information about the Polk County 4-H program and its winter classes, call (828) 894-8218.