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Sparks! What are they and where do you find them?

By Julie Schultz
May 30, 2024 

Sparks! Not the dangerous kind, but the kind that ignite the fire within our youth! Peter Benson defines sparks as “hidden flames in your kids that light their proverbial fire, get them excited, tap into their true passions” (2008). These sparks are what motivate our youth to participate in their many activities, events, and ways they spend their time. Sparks are the things youth love to do and get naturally excited about doing. 

To register for the 2024 Summer Workshops, please call the Extension Office at 402-375-3310, unless stated otherwise. Registration fees are non-refundable and due on or before the deadline. Each event must have five 4-Hers registered to be held, unless noted in the description. 

Check out the workshop flyer for dates and a list of the workshops.
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What is 4-H School Enrichment?

Cooperation between schools and Nebraska Extension has existed for many years in Wayne County, complementing the educational goals of both organizations.  The 4-H School Enrichment Program uses materials that are research-based and produced by specialists from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, the National 4-H Council and various universities and organizations throughout the United States.

Since 1991, Bruce Anderson, a now retired Extension Forage Specialist, has been making is way across the air waves with his Hay and Forage Minute. When first starting out, he was broadcasted on three different stations, but more recently it has aired across as many as 50 Nebraska radio stations. Though Bruce is no longer producing these segments, the program has not gone away. Through the foundation and following that Bruce had built, the program will continue on as Pasture and Forage Minutes. With the help of Nebraska Extension specialists and educators, the program, three Pasture and Forage Minute programs will be produced per week. The voices behind the new program are Daren Redfearn (Forage Specialist), Jerry Volesky (Forage Specialist), Megan Taylor (Cropping Educator), Brad Schick (Beef Educator), and Ben Beckman (Beef Educator).

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