“Operation Facemask”

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During Pandemic 4-H sees changes and steps up to help

Covid–19 has understandably thrown everyone a curve ball including our local 4-H community. Like most civic service based groups, 4-Hers meet in-person for meetings, activities and contests. Our state 4-H office has cancelled all face-to-face programming until May 4, pretty much shutting down any chance of in-person competition.

Luckily for 4-Hers we are adapting to keep them busy! Virtual trainings and activities are being held on social media. This week’s events have included an agriculture scavenger hunt, truth or hogwash, agriculture bingo, and a food and nutrition workshop. Found on Facebook, go to the Texas 4-H page to see some of these activities, which can still be accessed.

One service activity 4-H members are doing from home is “Operation Facemask”. To support our healthcare professionals, 4-Hers are sewing facemasks. 4-H members are working on this project at home to practice social distancing but can then drop-off completed mask at different locations; Texas Oncology Cancer Centers, local healthcare facilities or JoAnn Fabric Stores. These fabric facemasks are not a replacement for N-95 respirators and other personal protective equipment, but are meant to be used in situations that will free up N-95 respirators and other mask for high priority use.

Qualifying contests like educational presentations, share the fun events, and quiz bowls that are normally held at county, district and state levels will now just be held at the state level as an open invitations for all senior 4-H members if our state roundup event is held in June. Locally we plan to hold competitions virtually to give youth interaction and feedback on their work.

Covid-19 is impacting 4-H and FFA members locally. Due to city, county and federal restrictions on the size of groups, our annual Denton County Youth Fair was cancelled for the year. Livestock projects usually have a target date for show or harvest and our annual youth fair was schedule for this week March 22-28. 4-H and FFA members will have to bear the burden of a year’s worth of feed for their projects with no premium. Other people are going through a lot worse I know, but I just wanted to highlight how this pandemic is affecting kids locally. Hopefully next year’s show can be one of the best yet.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating



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