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Club Spotlight

Eisenberg Elementary Afterschool Club

The 4-H afterschool program at Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary School has been an integral part of the Colonial School District for the last three years. Federally funded by the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and partnered with the Police Athletic League of DE, Inc. and Summer Learning Collaborative, the program services students from both Eisenberg and Castle Hills Elementary. With our 21st CCLC programs, we strive to improve academic performance and school attendance, build strong connections between the school and families, and increase the capacity of participants to become productive adults. The program meets every Monday through Friday during the school year, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Each day, participants are provided with homework help, a free meal, opportunities for physical activity, and fun interactive STEAM activities. We also offer a full day program for six weeks each summer. The summer program includes all the fun of the afterschool program, while also adding in learning opportunities to combat summer learning loss. Even though COVID prevented us from taking field trips this summer, we enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with each other in-person after a long school year of virtual programming. With the 2021-2022 school year starting, we are looking forward to all the fun possibilities it may bring!

🎨 Equine Art Contest Results 🐴

Congratulations to Heavenly Hooves’ Daisy and Savannah Timney for placing in several categories of the Equine Art Contest. Well done!!

Delaware 4-H members of all ages recently participated in a statewide Equine Art Contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer 4-H Equine Project Leaders. Entries from budding artists from across the state were submitted for the contest in the following categories:

· Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil (Abstract or Realistic)

· Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon (Abstract or Realistic)

· Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor (Abstract or Realistic)

· Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film

· Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film

· Cartoon- Single Frame or Strip

· Mixed Media

Entries were divided into age groups for judging. Awards were given to the top six entries in each category and age group. A Best in Show Champion and Best in Show Reserve Champion overall were also chosen from all of the entries. Annual Art Contest entries were submitted to an online virtual art gallery.


Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil- Abstract- Intermediate Ages 12-14

1. Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

Drawing –Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers-Abstract- Senior- Agues 15-19

1. Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County

Color Photography- Digital or 35MM- Senior- Ages 15-19

2. Daisy Timey, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County


Record Books and Diamond Clover Due Sept. 27

4-H’ers are encouraged to submit their Record Books and Diamond Clover. All are due on September 27 to the NCC Office.
There will be a Record Book Training session of Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 pm. Register HERE

Please see instructions and Record and Project Book forms below and contact Kaitlin with questions.

Record Book Form

Project Book Form

Info on Diamond Clover Final Reports

DE 4-H Archery Certification Class

Archery Certification Class ~ Level 1

By completing this training, 4-H volunteers will be considered certified to deliver archery programs to 4-Hers in the state.

Archery Certification Class Dates:
Thursday, September 16, 2021
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:30am – 3:00pm

Training Location:

Kent County Extension Building (69 Transportation Circle, Dover, De 19901)

This course will include self-learning modules to do on
your own time and in-person instruction.

Attendance is mandatory during both in-person classes.  Food will not be provided, so please bring your own lunch.

Overview of Course
● Objectives of the 4-H Archery Program
● 4-H Policies; Code of Ethics; Job Description Basic Archery Lessons
● Facts, Supplements and Other Resources
● Youth Development, Kids and Learning, Ages & Stages
● Risk Management, Planning Programs, Recruiting Volunteers, Data Collection

Participants must complete all training in-person and at home modules for certification.

Please contact Kristin Cook, Kent County 4-H, Extension Educator at (302) 730-4000, or email at, if you have any questions regarding this program.

Register HERE

Delaware State Fair Junior Board Now Accepting Applications

The Junior Board is composed of youth from around the state to develop communication skills, increase volunteerism, and provide Delaware youth with an educational and memorable experience. 

The application period is now open through October 1, 2021. There are six (6) open positions on the twelve-member board. This opportunity to serve is open to youth ages 16-21. (as of 10-31-21) Once appointed the term is two years. Members are required to contribute a minimum of thirty (30) volunteer hours before and during the fair. The purpose of the Jr. Board is to develop leadership and interpersonal skills as well as to expose youth to the many facets of the Delaware State Fair. A brief interview in late October may be required. The application form may be found at or by calling Rebekkah at the state fair administration office at 302-398-3269.


Agent Letter

Happy August 4-Her’s,

Wow, where did the summer go? I cannot believe it is already August and we are starting to get ready for the new 4-H year. I hope you were able to participate in all the fun we had over the last two and half months!

Just an FYI- I have a new cell phone number- 302-383-9100. Please use this number if you need to get ahold of me, not the old number. If you still use the old number, I will not be able to reply as I’m no longer using that number.

Congratulations to the following who took on leadership roles this summer at the following camps; they all did a great job converting camps to a virtual platform:

4-H State Camp –

Matthew Trunfio, 1st week Turtle Echo

Jordan Harmon, 1st week Bear Echo

Cole Simpson, 1st week Thunderbird Voice

Jenna Harmon, 1st week Thunderbird Echo

Day Camp Counselors –

Grace Ferry, Ava Ferry, Cole Simpson, Matt Trunfio, Gabe Trunfio, Angelo Sisofo, Liam Jones, Brandon Tang, Noah McDerby, Chad Lawrence, Brooke Lawrence, Matthew Guariano, Payton Harter, Gavin Jones, Kenny Askin, Melanie Witte and Eason Li.


Please hold the following dates for the following tentative contests/ events. More information will be provided as we learn it. Please look below for the events, trainings and more!

~ Record Book Training, Extension Office @ 6:30 (sign up coming soon)

~ General and Project Books Due to county office – September 27th

~ Diamond Clover Due to county office – September 27th


Delaware 4-H enrollment and re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 year will start on September 1, 2021. More information and re-enrollment guidelines will be shared with members within the next couple weeks.


I would like to share that Maureen Ernst, 4-H Program Assistant, will be leaving us this week to start an exciting new adventure with Habitat for Humanity. We will miss her here at the office, but know she is not far away and she will continue as a 4-H Volunteer and occasionally help when her schedule suits. We wish her all the best in her next adventure!


Be sure to look at the Delaware 4-H Facebook for news and updates. Thank you for continuing to be patient and on the lookout for changes and upcoming dates as we move forward. If you need anything, please reach out to us, we are here and happy to help with anything you need.


Yours in 4-H,


Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H



Stay “in the know” with Delaware 4-H online!

· Facebook:

· Twitter: @Delaware4

🎉State Fair Results🎉

Congratulations to all our NCC 4-H members who submitted Fair entries and participated in Fair competitions! 

Judging Results:



Eason Li, Blue


Victoria Fuller, Blue

Addison Vitusky, Blue


Cole Simpson, Blue

Bruce Patrick, Blue

Clothing and Textiles:

Katie Campbell, Blue


Eason Li, Blue


Gabriel Trunfio, Blue

Matthew Trunfio, Blue


Anna Schaedler, Blue

Cole Simpson, Blue


Elizabeth Handlin, Blue

Victoria Fuller, Blue

Makayla Bradley, Blue

Sydney Phipps, Blue

Liam Phipps, Blue


Isabella Zurzolo, Blue

Elizabeth Handlin, Blue

Daisey Timney, Blue

Public Speaking:

Beginner (8-9):

Evelyn Witte, 1st pl.

Beginner (10-11):

Alexis Wolff, 3rd pl.


Melanie Witte, 2nd pl.

Talent Show:

Age 8-12 Talent Acts:

Evelyn Witte, 3rd pl.

Age 13-19 Talent Acts:

Eason Li, 3rd pl.

Matthew Trunfio, 4th pl.

Window Display:

Stump Corner, 1st pl.

Avian Bowl:

Clover Quest, 2nd pl.

Heavenly Hooves, 3rd pl.

Archery Competition:

Senior Recurve:

Emily Campbell, 9th pl.

Junior Compound:

Paige Green, 2nd pl.

Intermediate Compound:

Bruce Patrick, 9th pl.

Senior Compound:

Jacob Green, 1st pl.

Compact Tractor Driving:


Bruce Patrick, 1st pl.

Delaware 4-H Dropbox Entries:
Name Description Class Placing
Brandon Tang Digital Slide Show 162 1st
Eason Li Excel – Income and Expenses 78 1st
Liam Aber 4-H Project 82 1st
Liam Aber Digital Slide Show Junior 161 1st
Eason Li Digital Slide Show Senior 162 1st
Tobi Tang Digitial Slide Show Junior 161 1st
Tobi Tang 4 Seasons 155 1st
Tobi Tang 4-H Flyer 79 2nd
Tobi Tang Beginning to End 157 1st
Tobi Tang What Green Means to me 156 1st


Shooting Sports:

Savannah Timney, Blue Division Champion

Indoor Gardening:

Daisy Timney, Blue Division Champion

Healthy Food Selection:

Evelyn Witte, Blue Division Winner


Elizabeth Handlin, Blue Division Winner


Liam Aber, Blue Division Winner


Alexis Wolff, Blue Division Winner

National 4-H STEM Summit

National Youth STEM Summit:  Galactic Quest
Virtual:  September 17 – 19, 2021


The Delaware 4-H Program will support two (2) Delaware 4-H youth and one (1) volunteer leader/staff chaperone to attend the virtual National Youth STEM Summit.

At the National 4‑H Youth STEM Summit, high school students (grades 9-12) develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing science, technology, engineering, and math. Students meet like-minded peers from across the country, learn more about career opportunities, and network with experts in the STEM community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting. Young people will also have the opportunity to take part in various workshops and team-based challenges that will challenge both their STEM knowledge and their collaboration skills.  Participants will receive a summit box with materials to support experiential learning throughout the Summit.


This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12 as of September 2021.


Delaware 4-H members must complete an application (attached) to be considered to attend this conference.


This application is due to Doug Crouse by Friday, August 27, 2021.


Mail or email application to:

Doug Crouse, State 4-H Program Leader

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE  19716


STEM Summit 2021 Application

STEM Summit 2021 Agenda


Re-enrollment is fast approaching!

4honline will roll over on Sept. 1 at which time, you will need to log back into your profile at and update any info that has changed and/or click “Submit for 2021-2022”.

Please note: we are unable to tell you what your password is but we can tell you which email  you use to log into your account. Once you have that, you can reset your password if needed.

Please contact Serena with any questions.

Kent County 4-H Basket Auction


23rd Annual

 Kent County 4-H Basket Auction

Sunday, August 29, 2021

 Delaware State Fair – Delmarva Building
  Basket Preview – 2:00 PM                                                Auction – 3:00 PM

The Kent County 4-H program is hosting the 23rd Annual Basket Auction. A Basket Preview at 2:00 PM will be followed by the Basket Auction starting at 3:00 PM.  4-H Clubs and Friends of 4-H from across the county are creating baskets full of treasures that will be auctioned.  A silent auction will also be part of the afternoon’s festivities. We are in need of some additional auction items.  If you would like to make a donation to either the silent or live auctions, please contact the Kent County Extension Office.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Kent County Junior Council, Leaders Association, and Links, with the remaining proceeds going to the Delaware 4-H Foundation. The Foundation uses funds raised to support many 4-H educational experiences for our young people throughout the state.  Scholarships to 4-H Camps, leadership experiences including National 4-H Congress and Conference, and 4-H Club Grants are only a few of the opportunities made possible by generous supporters of the Delaware 4-H Foundation.

Tickets for the afternoon are $5.00. Ticket price includes a seat, bottled water, and packaged snacks. Local food trucks will be on-site if you wish to purchase food. Tables and chairs, as well as bleachers, will be available for seating. Please consider joining us on the 29th for an afternoon of fellowship and fun.  Plan to join in the spirited bidding on a wide variety of items. There is sure to be something for everyone. 


Please reserve your spot by purchasing tickets at this link:

The deadline to purchase tickets is
Friday, August 20, 2021. 

Delaware 4-H: Workforce Development and Career Readiness Program


Sharing Connections in 2021-22 and Building for Future Success



· Provide a quarterly opportunity in 2021-22 for 4-H youth and leaders to connect with Delaware 4-H alumni and community stakeholders for virtual or in-person sharing and learning sessions focused on personal and professional growth around different workforce development careers and career readiness.

· Build a cohort of youth who will participate in workshops on resume writing, interview skill development and mock interviews mentored and facilitated by community partners, stakeholders, and 4-H staff.


Dates and Times of “4-H Sharing Connections” Virtual Sessions


Session One: May 20, 2021 7pm

Session Two: September 9, 2021 7pm

Session Three: January 6, 2022 7pm

Session Four: February 3, 2022 7pm


Dates and Times of Resume Writing and Interview Skills Workshops

Workshop One: September 28, 2021 6:30pm

Workshop Two: October 12, 2021 6:30pm

Workshop Three: October 26, 2021 6:30pm

Mock Interviews: November 10, 2021 6:30pm

By developing a mutual educational connection between 4-H Alumni, community partners and stakeholders with members of the 4-H community through the sharing of knowledge based around different workforce development careers, participants will have a clearer understanding of how 4-H can assist them to better shape their decision and preparation towards future career success. In addition, developing positive relationships with 4-H mentors who can continue to guide participants will further enhance the strength of the youth-adult partnership for which 4-H has always been known.

Registration info coming soon.

Please email Ernie Lopez with questions.






Building new and beneficial relationships between 4-H youth and adult volunteers through this new program will be a positive outcome for all involved.



Botvins Parenting Lifeskills Program

Botvin Parenting LifeSkills Program – Supporting Positive Teen Development

2 Sessions: September 14 & 22, 2021, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Botvin Parenting LifeSkills Program is designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs. This program contains materials and exercises that help parents teach their children the skills that help them resist the threats of tobacco, drugs, and violence. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

It is recommended participants attend both sessions on September 14 & 22, 2021. If unable to do so, you may register for only one session.

If you have further questions, please contact Karen Johnston.

Register HERE

2021 Virtual Showcase hosted by Farm Credit

Showing up to the fair shows this year? Us too! That’s why we decided to host a youth essay and video Virtual Showcase.

Farm Credit is hosting the 2021 Virtual Showcase Contest to highlight your positive fair experiences. The contest allows youth ages 8-18 to share their projects in essay or video format.

Check out for contest information and prizes.

Healthy Vegetables and Fruits We Should All Eat

The Delaware 4-H Program joins in partnership with GOLO, the pioneering wellness solutions company, to promote and provide important information on vegetables and fruits we should all eat to be healthier. We appreciate the monetary support of GOLO to our 4-H program around the initiative of Healthy Living, and their interest in the health and well being of our 4-H youth. Please take time to review this information and include more vegetables and fruits in your normal daily diets. Look for additional information we will be sharing on a quarterly basis about other vegetables and fruits to eat.


·         Over 1200 varieties of watermelon available

·         Juicy, refreshing, and celebrated summertime treat

·         You can eat the entire fruit – the rind has healthy benefits too!

·         Heart healthy fruit that helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

·         Nutrient dense fruit filled with vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber

·         Low in saturated fat and sugar

·         Contains lycopene which has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers

·         Offers great hydration for the body because it is 92% water



·         A fruit that can come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, green, purple, and red!

·         Tomatoes, fresh or canned, offer great nutritional value

·         Rich in lycopene which is good for the heart and effective against certain cancers

·         Packed with Vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium

·         Fat free

·         Low in sodium helping to lower the risk of high blood pressure

·         Cholesterol free which helps to prevent heart disease


·         High in Vitamin A which helps to support growth of healthy red blood cells

·         High in Vitamin C which supports blood vessels and development of muscle and cartilage

·         High in the dietary fiber folacin which is a nutrient needed for growth and the production of hemoglobin

·         Fiber helps to reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as helping you to lose weight making you feel fuller longer

·         Full of potassium which helps with hydration, nerve health and proper muscle contractions

·         Contains phytochemicals that foster heart health and good vision that can boost the immune system and risk of some cancers

·         Good for hydration due to water content of 90%!


·         Known as a superfood due to low calories and significant health benefits

·         Good source of hydration as blueberries are 85% water

·         Highest level of antioxidants in common fruits and vegetables – these protect your body from cell damage

·         Can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure

·         Good source of fiber which benefits heart health and provides a feeling of being full

·         Can help maintain brain function and improve memory

·         Helps with insulin sensitivity which can lower chance of diabetes

·         Full of Vitamins C and K that help the immune system, bone metabolism, and regulating blood clotting


Bell Peppers

·         Great fresh, frozen, or canned

·         Versatile – can be prepared grilled, sauteed, in soup or sauce, or even raw!

·         Available all year as they are not grown seasonally

·         No saturated fat and cholesterol free which helps prevent the risk of coronary heart disease

·         Low in calories making them a great snack or addition to any meal

·         Excellent source of Vitamin C – the highest of any produce!

·         Color of the pepper indicates how low it was on the vine – green being the earliest removed and red being the ripest

·         Red peppers have the most nutritional value because they are on the vine the longest.  They specifically offer Vitamin A which helps to prevent internal disease.


·         Low in fat, cholesterol free, and sodium free

·         Has a high fiber content that can assist with digestion and protects against diverticular disease

·         Good source of antioxidants and carotenoids which helps promote eye health and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts

·         Consumption has been shown to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and prevent obesity

·         Full of Vitamin B that is beneficial for overall health

·         Contains potassium which supports healthy blood pressure, heart function, and maintenance of muscle mass

·         Does have higher carb content than other vegetables so need to be mindful of serving size

Green Beans

·         Great sources of Vitamins C, A, B, and K helping with eyesight, immune system, cell growth, and healing

·         Contains high levels of iron which are important for red blood cell growth and transport

·         Contain easily absorbed silicon which helps with the formation of healthy connective tissues, strengthens nails and boosts skin health

·         Strong diuretic properties serve as a great detox and help rid the body of toxins

·         High in potassium which helps build muscle and keep the heart healthy

·         Full of specific minerals like iron and zinc that assist red blood cells and muscle, and strengthens the immune system as wound care


·         Highly nutritious and packed with Vitamin C which helps target the immune system and improve skin health

·         High in potassium helping with muscle contraction, nerve function, blood pressure, and critical body processes

·         Full of fiber improving healthy gut bacteria and digestive flow

·         Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help combat oxidative stress, and fight cell damage, muscle inflammation, and promote overall health

·         Eating cherries can help relieve exercise-induced muscle pain, damage, and inflammation

·         Protects heart health and reduces risk of heart disease by helping to maintain a regular heartbeat and remove excess sodium

·         Reduce symptoms of arthritis and gout by decreasing uric acid

·         Helps improve sleep quality due to melatonin, a substance that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle

Summer Squash

·         Very low in calories and are great to add to salads or cook on the grill

·         Cholesterol and sodium free helping to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and hypertension

·         Rich in manganese which helps to boost bone strength and the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates

·         Extremely high in Vitamin C that helps to reduce the risk of some cancers

·         Supports eye health and reduces risk of cataracts

·         High in Vitamin B6 which helps create hemoglobin and prevent anemia

·         High-fiber content promotes colon health and prevents constipation

·         High in dietary fiber which helps prevent elevated blood sugar level

·         Contains Vitamin A which helps maintain healthy skin and prevents skin aging


·         Fresh and canned peaches contain many nutrients, but are most important for Vitamins A and C

·         Low in fat which helps to reduce the risk of some types of cancer

·         High in fiber providing aid in digestion

·         Low in cholesterol levels and saturated fat which helps prevent heart disease

·         Compounds found in peaches improve the skin’s ability to retain moisture and improve skin texture

·         Provides protection to skin by helping to retain moisture

·         Help reduce allergy symptoms by preventing the release of histamines in the blood