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Club Reports


On Saturday (4/17) the Meado-Larks 4-H Club converged on the upper parking lot at Skyline United Methodist Church.  The members and their families cleaned up the debris and leaves around the parking lot, mulched the playground, stained the picnic tables and benches and mended the fence as one of their service projects for the year.  A job well done.

Join the NEW Outdoor Adventures Club!


Do you love the outdoors? Do you want to get outside and hike the Delaware State Parks Trail Challenge? Do you want to learn more about the animal and plant life around you? If you answered yes to these questions, then this club is for you. Join the New Castle County Outdoor Adventures Club. This is a county wide club open to all NCC 4-H’ers ages 8 and older.

The first meeting will be held at Lums Pond State Park April 11 at 1 PM.  Meeting location will be sent after registration.

Register HERE

Links Spring Video/Essay Contest

What makes spring in Delaware special?  Have you observed something in nature you’d like to share?  In honor of spring, the New Castle County 4-H Links are sponsoring a contest for New Castle County 4-H members to share a video or send in a picture with an essay on some topic related to spring in Delaware. Suggested topics for your essay could be

· Delaware native plants

· The life of insects

· Observing animal behavior

· Pollinators in our garden

· How can creatures/plants in nature be protected

So answer the question “What do you notice and what excites you in spring?”


You can enter once in each category video and photo/essay. Submit your entries to Jacqui Malizia by emailing to (please send link to the video for review of Judging committee) Deadline for submission is Friday, May 21st. Winners will be selected in both categories, in each age group with the following prizes: Beginner (8-12 yrs), Junior (13-15 yrs) and Senior (15+)


1st place $50 Amazon Gift Card

2nd place $25 Amazon Gift Card

Club Spotlight

St. Anne’s 4-H Club

St. Ann 4-H Club is finishing our 3rd year as a club. We meet as an afterschool 4-H club at St. Ann’s School.

Until COVID, we had a nice spot in the art room. When the school went to virtual last spring so did we, meeting weekly instead of monthly. Even though the students have been in school since September, there have been no after school activities allowed so we continued to meet via Zoom. We finally met in person for the first time in March.

We started the Mars Base Camp STEM kit. Landing on Mars with the wind blowing took some creative thinking!  We built our Mars Rovers outside and we were successful. They all took off down the sidewalk at quite a fast pace. Over the school’s Spring Break, the 4-Hers met twice to paint our litter barrel for the litter barrel contest. Our club also has youth who participate in public speaking, demonstrations, Favorite Foods, science workshops, fair entries, younger member overnighters, day camps and more!

We are glad to be back to meeting monthly at the school and look forward to what is up and coming!

Senior Spotlight

Delaware 4-H congratulates all of our 4-H High School Seniors! We are proud of each one of you! All of you have made a positive impact on our program and we look forward to what your future holds! Thank you to all members who submitted Senior Spotlights below!

 Olivia Bourdeau – Ponies & Pintails 4-H Club

Olivia is a senior at Polytech High School where she studies automotive technology.  Olivia was accepted into the UNOH (University of Northwestern Ohio) automotive high performance program with plans to join Nascar after graduation.  She now plans on attending UNOH and majoring in agribusiness marketing and management.  Aside from her academics, Olivia works at Foxden Farm where she has been riding horses       since the 5th grade.

McKenna Breeding – Harrington Sunshine 4-H Club
4-H has played a huge role in my upbringing and my high school career. Without 4-H I would not be where I am today or the person I have become. Attending State 4-H Camp, National 4-H Congress, and National 4-H Conference have gifted me new friends, unique opportunities, and lasting memories. My goat project has given me my passion for the livestock industry and the opportunity to compete at the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Along with 4-H. I have been very active in FFA and National Honors Society where I have served in various officer positions. My biggest accomplishments have receiving eighth nationally at the National FFA Convention for the Employment Skills LDE and being accepted to OSU’s Honors College. My love for Agricultural Communications and Animal Science has allowed me to be majoring at Oklahoma State University this fall. 4-H is forever to thank for who I am today and thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way!

Zeke Dichiaro – NCC C3 4-H Club
Zeke started out in 4H at the tender age of 10 when he signed up to attend the day camp at Townsend Hall.  He loved it!  He couldn’t wait to return each day and became of master of EVERY 4H song every written. He was so so smitten with day camp that he became a C.I.T. so he could be a volunteer counselor, a member of the C3 Leadership program and going to Camp Barnes? Every year became the Springtime ritual of asking if I had signed him up yet and for me not to miss the deadline! The friendships he has made are extraordinary…he has a 4H family.  This is Zeke’s senior year at Delaware Military Academy.  I am so proud of all he has accomplished, ending his DMA career as a Lt. Commander, making Distinguished Honor Roll every marking period, playing lacrosse and ice hockey, participating in the “Big/Little” program and so much more. Zeke is now moving on to be a “Fighting Blue Hen”!  He has been accepted into the College of Health Sciences. Over the summer, he will work, again, at a camp for special needs children.


Jonathan Dooling – Stump Corner 4-H Club
Jonathan Dooling is a senior at Towle Institute. He has fun at school with friends and gets good grades. He is looking forward to graduating and continuing his education at Delaware Tech. He has many interests, like building computers, learning about real estate and finances, playing video games and hanging out with friends.

Jonathan is currently the Vice President for the Stump Corner 4-H Club. He has also served as the President and Treasurer of the club. While he has enjoyed attending and entering photos in the fair, and all the community service projects his club has participated in, his favorite 4-H activity was camp. He will treasure these memories forever.

Sara Figurski – Hollymount 4-H Club
I started school by attending Eagles Nest Christian Academy, which is now Delmarva Christian. When I finished 5th grade my parents pulled me out for various reasons and decided to try homeschooling me. It turned out to be the best way for me to learn at my own pace and the flexibility to participate in activities. By homeschooling, I was able to volunteer at my church and at various DNREC activities. I am a senior in high school and I will be attending Del Tech in the fall, majoring in Early Childhood Development.

Since I enjoyed helping my community, I decided to try 4-H which I had heard about from a friend. I looked into Hollymount 4-H club and I have been member since 2017. I have enjoyed learning and participating in archery, photography, photography judging, cooking and serving my community. I am also the Vice President of Hollymount. I have fun being a member of 4-H because it has given me the opportunity to experience new things.

Nicholas Gardner – Vernon Creek 4-H Club
Nicholas Gardner and has been an active member of the Vernon Creek 4H Club for 13 years. His projects have included Community Service and Shooting Sports in which he has competed and placed in many Compound Bow Shoots.

He will be attending Delaware Technical Community College in the Fall, where he will be majoring in Agriculture Production.

Olivia Goehringer – Harbor Lights 4-H Club
Olivia Goehringer is a member of the Harbor Lights 4-H Club and is the last member of the Goehringer family to complete her time in 4-H. Her 10 siblings all participated and found 4H to be a vital part of their growth as youth. Olivia’s experience has been no different. Olivia has been a part of the Harbor Lights 4-H club for 12 years and her projects have included Theatre Arts, Public Speaking, Veterinarian Science, and Citizenship. She has had major roles in numerous plays that the club has performed and took on leadership roles as she matured. She has served as reporter, secretary, and is currently the president. She has particularly enjoyed participation in Junior leader’s events with the State Teen Conference being a highlight.

Olivia is a pianist and is heavily involved in the music ministry at Old Paths Church of Christ. This skill became so valuable during the 2020 lockdowns as she was instrumental in producing online videos for the Church. Her skills were put to the test and shined! This also gave her a great demonstration for the demonstration contest in 2020.  Olivia has a great love for animals and has worked for a local dog breeder for several years. She plans to attend Del Tech in the fall to study to become a veterinarian technician. Her senior project included a research paper on Sheep farming and parasite control. She plans to visit her brother’s sheep farm in Texas next month to put her learning to the test. She was the trophy winner for the senior division in the public speaking contest this year with a speech on this very topic.

Olivia can always be counted on to jump in and be a help to anyone in need. She has a great love for service and has been a great asset to the Harbor Lights 4-H Club. We wish her the very best in all her future endeavors.

Jenna Harmon – Stump Corner 4-H Club
Jenna is a Senior at Middletown Highschool.   She has been a member the Stump Corner 4-H club for 12 years.  She attended State 4-H camp for 8 years.  Jenna played field hockey and soccer all four years of high school.  She was an active member in Middletown’s FFA chapter. While she was an underclassmen, Jenna participated in many contests and traveled all over Delaware and even Indianapolis. She was elected to lead the Middletown FFA chapter this year as the chapter president.  Other activities she participated in was Athletic Leadership and FCA.
Jenna took the plant science and Natural Resources pathway at Middletown.  She was the plant science pathway ambassador her junior and senior year.  Jenna’s plan after graduation is to attend Hocking College and major in Natural Resources Law Enforcement.

Parker Hickey – Summit Bridge 4-H Club
Parker Hickey, of Middletown High School, is the son of John and Beth Hickey and a member of Summit Bridge 4H Club. Parker started as a Clover Bud at age 5 and has enjoyed many 4H activities. Parker has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President of his club. Parker has participated in State Teen Weekend, Cow Camp, and the Health Living Conference. He was camp counselor for NCCO day camp and Cow Camp. He has competed in many activities including dairy judging, dairy showmanship, archery and the poultry bowl. Parker has many fond memories of Camp Barnes while at 4H State Camp and being part of the Bear family. He enjoyed the NCCO Hunt Club and the many hunting and safety classes he participated in. He was chosen as the 2019 State Representative for the 4H National Dairy Conference during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Parker is an active member of the MHS FFA and St Paul’s Youth Group. Parker will be attending Delaware Technical and Community College in the Fall pursuing a career in Criminal Justice with a goal of entering the military in the future.

Brynn Hovatter – Cypress Heart & Hands 4-H Club
Some highlights from my 4H experience have to be the various camps and community service projects. Being able to lead a group, teach classes, and learning more about how to interact with others has taught me more than I could ever say. Although I was supposed to be teaching them, the campers and fellow 4-H members were really teaching me. The leadership and service opportunities, as well as introducing me to everlasting friendships has been such a pleasure and I hope to continue that in college in the collegiate 4-H program at the University of Delaware!

Abby Krams – Sunset Branch 4-H Club
Abby Krams began 4-H in 2009 as a Cloverbud with Stateline 4-H Club. Since then she has been a member of Cypress Hearts & Hands as well as Treasurer (17′-18′) and President (18′-Present) of Sunset Branch 4-H club. Abby has focused mostly on Foods & Nutrition, Leadership, Performing Arts, and Clothing & Textiles during the last 12 years. Her favorite 4-H memories are all at State Camp where she is in the Bear people group and is serving her second Voice year this summer. Outside of 4-H, Abby will be attending Nazareth College for Music Therapy with a Voice primary in the fall. In her free time, you’d find her dancing with Sussex Dance Academy, singing with various choirs around the state, and performing with her school drama club. She feels very blessed to have gained so many life skills, friendships, and memories from Delaware 4-H and will cherish them as she moves into the next chapter of her life.

Elizabeth Krams – Sunset Branch 4-H Club
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Krams started 4-H at Stateline 4-H club in 2009 as a Cloverbud.  Over the next 10 years, she participated in Cypress Hearts and Hands and Sunset Branch Clubs and held offices of Reporter, Treasurer and President.  Projects included Foods & Nutrition, Clothing, and Performing Arts.  Her favorite activity was Favorite Foods. Lizzy also attended State 4-H Camp for 3 summers as a Moon and Stars.

Lizzy will be graduating from Sussex Technical High School and plans to attend college  to study Speech Language Pathology in the fall.  While at Sussex Tech, Lizzy loved being on the dance team and was a captain her Junior and Senior years.  She also danced at Sussex Dance Academy for 10 years participating in many dance competitions and their Nutcracker production each year.

Faith Marvel -Vernon Creek 4-H Club

Faith Marvel is a graduating senior of Greenwood Mennonite School. She has enjoyed her role as the GMS class president for the Class of 2021, as well as serving as the Vernon Creek 4-H Club Secretary. Faith has also been actively involved in her school band throughout her middle school and high school years, taking part in the percussion section, specifically the timpani. Showing her creative side, Faith is a part of the GMS yearbook staff, working with teachers and students alike to create a yearbook that represents all that her school stands for.  Faith is happy for the friends she has made, pleased with the academic accomplishments she has achieved over the years, and looks forward to what the future holds in store for her.

Joshua Menard – Peach Blossom 4-H Club
Joshua Menard, has been a member of the Peach Blossom 4-H club for 14 years. Where he has held the offices of photographer, historian and treasurer. Joshua was involved in a variety of 4-H projects; Pygmy Goats, Dairy lease program, Sheep, Citizenship, Leadership and Archery. At Lake Forest High School he is a member of the FFA, Cross Country Team and National Honor Society. Joshua raises and breeds a Tunis sheep flock in Harrington and shows them at the Delaware State Fair. In the Fall, he will be attending Mississippi State University to study poultry science.

Caleb Murphy – Vernon Creek 4-H Club

Caleb has been a part of Vernon Creek since their first meeting. Caleb has been President and Jr. Advisor these last few years. In 2018, Caleb won the 4-H Jr Division lawn tractor driving contest, one that he has been competing in since he was old enough. Caleb has been showing goats at the DSF as a 4-H member since he was 9 years old.

Caleb also is currently serving as the Lake Forest High School FFA president. He works part time at Hoobers in Seaford. Caleb and his brother, Cole have their SAE project which is C and M Custom baling. Caleb is enrolled at Del Tech in the fall, majoring in Ag Business.

Sydney Pyle – Porter Gang 4-H Club
Sydney Pyle is a senior at William Penn High School where shes majors in Visual Performing arts with a specification in Vocal Music. She has been involved in the School Choir, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Select Ensemble, Color Guard, and theater group (Penn Players).

Sydney is the President of the Porter Gang 4-H club, a member of C-3 and the New Castle County Junior Council.  Her projects in 4-H are Foods and Nutrition, Leadership, and Visual performing arts.  Sydney’s favorite things about 4-H are Favorite Foods, State Camp (She is a Moon and Star) and being a camp counselor for both Environmental and Day Camp. After high school, Sydney will attend the University of Delaware and major in Early Childhood Education. However, she intends to create her own pathway to be qualified to become a Music Therapist as she believes in the power of music want to use her passion for music to help others.

Avery Ruebush- MeadoLarks 4-H Club

Avery joined 4-H later in the game, connecting with Janice and Richard Melson’s Meado-Larks Club in spring of her freshman year at the Charter School of Wilmington.  The transition to high school was a challenging one that exacerbated her anxiety and depression.  After visiting cousins who had chickens, she wanted to try raising some, which led her to 4-H.  While she did not end up getting any chickens, 4-H has provided Avery with a lot of opportunities to meet people, learn new skills, and gain confidence.

The Melsons do a wonderful job of finding ways for the members to serve their community.  Avery has prepared, served, and shared meals with Andrew’s Place.  She helped with yard cleanup, picnic table assembly, and Food Bank fundraising at Skyline Church.  Avery loves interacting with younger children in her Meado-Larks 4-H Club and enjoyed being a counselor for Cloverbud summer day camp.  She also worked with pre-Cloverbud siblings at an Ozobots activity.  These experiences prepared her for whatever comes next.  This summer, she will be working with Americorps’ Summer Literacy Program.  Avery will start college this fall with the University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts Program and as part of their Community Engagement Scholars Course of Study.

Rylee Ridgely – Ponies & Pintails 4-H Club

Rylee M. Ridgely is a 2021 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School. She has been accepted and plans to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK this fall. Rylee is going to major in Agriculture Business and plans to specialize in the cattle industry.  Rylee stays busy caring for and showing her livestock; goats, swine and steers; as well as showing her horse. Rylee works part time at Haas Butcher Shop and babysits 20 hours per week. Her passion is truly in the ag industry and she can’t wait to dive into everything Oklahoma has to offer.

Kathryn Rohlfing – Clover Knights 4-H Club
Kathryn Rohlfing is a Senior High School Student at Liberty University On-line Academy. She completed until her Sr. year at Sussex Technical High School where she was in the Academic Challenge Program, held offices of class Secretary, Treasurer and President, participated in band in her Freshman and Sophomore years, competing in the Peach Bowl her Sophomore year. She was chosen for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and chosen by her Technical Pathway, Criminal Justice to compete in the state Forensic competition. Kate was track manager in her Sophomore and Junior years. She was on prom committee, participated in Fellowship for Christian Athletes and in math League as well as in assisting with the AM coffee program at the school. Kate has been accepted as an Undergraduate Accounting student at Liberty University with future plans to attend Law School. At time of graduation she will have completed 32 college credits towards her Accounting Degree.

Kates 5 years in 4-H have provided her with many leadership opportunities such as summer day camp counselor, Treasurer of Clover Knights, talent show competitions at the fair and organizing her clubs Fall/Spring Flower fundraiser for the past 3 years and she is working towards her Diamond Clover Award. Kate’s regularly participates in youth group at her church, enjoys playing piano and has a non-profit coffee ministry for the homeless Kate’s Kups.

Evan Short- Rossakatum 4-H Club
Evan Short is a senior at Laurel Senior High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Laurel FFA chapter and takes honors classes. Evan takes pride in his perfect attendance and has been selected student of the month several times. He placed eighth in the state of Delaware during the 31st Annual Driver Education Competition at Dover Inter national Speedway. Evan has owned and operated his produce business (Little Farmer Evan’s Produce) since he was 8 years old. He has currently expanded his produce business by opening another stand in Laurel. While running his own business, Evan has also worked part time at the Laurel Community Hardware store for two years. Evan was accepted to Clemson University to study Agribusiness.

Evan has been a dedicated member of the Rossakatum 4-H club for 8 years. As a Rossakatum 4-H club member, he has served as President, Vice President, Treasurer and on many committees. He is a Moon and Star at State 4-H camp. In 2019, Evan won 1st place in the Senior Division at the Sussex County 4-H Favorite Foods contest with his version of Slow Cooker Venison Roast with Carrots and Red Skinned Potatoes. Evan has entered a great amount of 1st place blue ribbon garden entries at the Delaware State Fair. He also placed 6th in the Horticulture judging contest at the Delaware State Fair. Evan is very proud of the many trophies the Rossakatum 4-H club has received over the years for “Best Youth Group” in Christmas parades. When it came to the Sussex County 4-H Spaghetti dinner/Auction fundraiser, Evan sold the most ads and auction items because he wanted to see the fundraiser succeed. Even though Evan’s 4-H years are coming to an end, he will always have much gratitude for this organization and the leaders that have taught him the life skills he will need in the future.

Cole Simpson – MeadoLarks 4-H Club

Cole Simpson followed in the footsteps of his parents and started his 4-H adventures in 2013.  He is part of the MeadoLarks 4-H club which his Dad and uncles were members back in the 1980’s.  His first success came with the Foods & Nutrition project where he won his first Favorite Foods competition with snickerdoodle cookies.   He has attended First Week of State 4-H Camp since 2014 and is a member of the Thunderbirds.  Making lasting friendships and enjoying the teamwork it takes to have a great week are his favorite parts of camp and will be missed as he graduates.  The community service and leadership activities that have come at the club, county and state levels have helped him grow personally and built his confidence to move on to college.

Cole’s most significant 4-H accomplishment has as a member of the Tech Team developing the availability of computer science and other STEM activities in Delaware.  It was sparked by his personal interest in building and programming robots with his Lego Mindstorms kit. Traveling to Utah and Washington DC to attend national events to learn more about designing a program and developing workshops focused on the fundamentals of coding and design have been his primary project focus for the last 3 years.  Along with attending a STEM focused high school, it has been extremely influential in his decision to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and robotics.  He hopes that other 4-Hers will use these programs to learn more about computer science and technology and reduce the intimidation factor that keeps kids from exploring these areas.


Emma Sparpaglione – Clover Knights 4-H Club
Emma Sparpaglione will graduate from Sussex Academy this spring. She has enjoyed participating in theater throughout her time at SA, including being assistant stage manager last year and stage manager this year. She also participated in swimming, band, and TSA. She will be going to State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse this fall. She plans on studying environmental biology.

Emma has absolutely loved her time in 4-H. She is so thankful for all of the skills she learned. Some of her favorite experiences have been volunteering at the different summer camps and being president of the Clover Knights. She was excited to get the opportunity to attend two STEM Summits in Washington DC. She made wonderful friends on the exchange trip to Montana. Being an active 4-H’er has truly shaped who she is and what she wants to study in college.

Layne Smith – Milford 4-H Club
Layne Smith is an active member of the Milford 4-H Club. He joined 4-H as a Cloverbud when he was 5 years old. During his years in the Milford 4-H Club he held the offices of safety chairman, treasurer, Vice President and most recently President. Layne’s project areas included archery, foods and nutrition and leadership. The 4-H events Layne enjoyed the most were the county and state archery contests, the favorite Foods Contest, and the Delaware State Fair. In the fall, Layne plans to attend Del Tech where he will major in criminal justice. Layne aspires to be a game warden and he will continue to “Make the best better.”

Matthew Trunfio – Stump Corner 4-H Club
Matthew S. Trunfio will graduate from Middletown High School June 5, 2021.

He is a proud New Castle County 4-H’er where he is a member of the Stump Corner 4-H Club, President of NCC Jr Council, Secretary of NCC C3, and a member of the NCC 4-H Exchange.  He is the Social Media Officer on State Teen Council.  Matthew was chosen to attend the National STEM Summit in 2019, and National 4-H Congress, and National 4-H Conference in 2020.  He has attended State 4-H Camp for 7 years, is proud member of the Turtle people group and will serve as Echo again this summer.  Matthew has served as a Day, Environmental, and Younger Member camp counselor and loves working with the younger members.  His favorite thing about 4-H is meeting and getting to know people from up and down the state and across the country.  Matthew has not decided where he will continue his education, but he will be majoring in Environmental Studies wherever he chooses to attend.

Madison Tulloch – Ponies & Pintails 4-H Club

Madison is a senior at Caesar Rodney High School.  She is actively involved in both 4-H and FFA.  Prior to Covid, Madison enjoyed attending FFA competitions with her friends in the Caesar Rodney FFA.  Madison’s interests include trail riding and barrel racing with her two horses,  Sassy and Chevy.  She also enjoys playing with her miniature horse, Nashville.  Her plans after graduation include attending Polytech Adult Education Equine Vet program.

Reagan Walter – Midstate 4-H Club
Raegan Walter is a 10 year member of Midstate 4-H club in Kent County. She has held offices of secretary, treasurer, Vice-President and President.  Her favorite 4-H activities are community service, state camp, state fair, and showing her market goats at the fair.

Raegan enlisted in October as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy and ships out for boot camp, at her insistence, AFTER the fair, August 4th. Raegan is graduating from Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville, Maryland where she completed the Biomed pathway.


Food Art Challenge

Take the challenge!

  1. Channel your inner artist as you use food to turn your plate into a canvas. Create your own masterpiece and display it in our online gallery 4-H art show.
  2. Once you have your food art completed, take a photo or two and share with other 4-Hers from around Delaware.
  3. Upload your photos to Delaware 4-H by: Instagram tag @delaware4h or on the Delaware 4-H Facebook page by Friday, May28th.  Be sure to attach #de4hfoodart to your post.Prize winners will be selected from tagged submissions.Open to any Delaware 4-H   member ages 5 – 19 years old.

    Receive a chance to win a 4-H prize.

    1 entry per 4-H member

    For additional contest information email:



Operation Christmas Child May Donations

  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Bar Soap (packaged or in a container)
  • Adhesive Bandages (colorful ones for kids)
  • Reusable plastic containers  (Ex: Cup, water bottle, bowl. Fill empty container with non-liquid items such as bows, bracelets, washcloths, etc.)

Remember do NOT Include: toothpaste, gum, candy, food, seeds, lotions, vitamins, breakable items, aerosol cans, used or damaged items.

Craft Corner

Crafts Using Recyclables

Earth Day was celebrated in April.  However, everyday we should be conscious of our environment.  Below are three different recycling projects based on skill level that will help to protect our Earth and that can be entered into the Delaware State Fair.  

When submitting a craft made out of recyclables into the Delaware State Fair, a tag must be attached to the project explaining what recycled materials were used and what impact it has.  For example, paper towel cardboard tubes were used to make this project.  Instead of the tubes going to the landfill, they were used to make a piece of art for my bedroom.   


For the Cloverbuds:  Frozen Juice Container Recycled into a Holder 



Frozen lemonade (or any flavor) frozen juice container

Soap and water


Scrap piece of paper, wrapping paper, or material

Crayons, coloring pencils, or markers if designing cover




Enjoy lemonade made from the frozen lemonade.  

Wash out the container and let dry.  

Cover the container with a piece of scrap paper decorated by you or a leftover piece of wrapping paper or material. 

Fill will coloring pencils, markers, scissors, etc. 


For the Younger Members:  Cardboard Tube Wall Art


Cardboard tubes





Paint brushes


Unused Frame (optional)



Collect cardboard tubes from paper towels, etc.   

Mark the tubes into 1 inch sections and cut into rings..  

Decide on a design.    

Shape your rings to create your design. 

Take a picture of your design after you have perfected it.  

Paint each ring inside and out based on your design.

Let rings dry thoroughly.

Glue pieces together using the picture you took as a guide.

Hang and enjoy.


Additional Directions if using a frame (optional)

Cut your rings the same depth as the frame.

Place the pieces inside the frame as you shape them and create your design. 

Glue any pieces that touch the frame to the frame after painting.

You do not have to use the glass.  A picture frame with a broken glass is a perfect reason to recycle the frame.


A suggested website for some design ideas:


For the older members:  Recycled Aluminum Can Lanterns


Soda cans (with tabs still attached)

Soap and Water

Tape (electrical works well)


Pen or marker


Exacto knife or utility knife

Battery operated tea lights

Twine, cord, etc.



Wash empty cans with soap and water and rinse.

Wrap tape around the top edge and bottom edge of the cans.  (The edges of the tape will serve as cutting guides for starting and ending the cut strips.)

Make marks about 1 cm apart around the cans or on the tape to indicate where to cut the strips.  

Fill the cans with water to about ½ inch from the top and freeze.  (The headroom allows for expansion. The frozen water supports the can during cutting.)

Remove one frozen can of water at a time and place on a towel to catch melting water.  

Using the marks made as guides, cut from the bottom edge of the tape wrapped at the top of the can down to the top edge of the tape wrapped at the bottom of the can using a ruler to help draw straight lines.  

Using both hands, carefully compact the cans slightly making sure the strips protrude outwards forming a lantern shape.

String lanterns onto the twine using the tab as a hook and knot at desired location on twine..

Turn on the tea lights and slide inside the lanterns.


(The cans can be painted with spray paint if desired.)

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

Tractor Supply stores in communities across the country have long supported 4-H clubs, and now, Tractor Supply Co. has entered into an official partnership with the National 4-H Council as your source for 4-H project supplies.

100% of funds raised benefit 4-H. 90% fund State level scholarships to 4-H camps and leadership experiences and 10% supports National 4-H Council for administration. Tractor Supply Company guarantees a minimum donation of $200,000 per Paper Clover Campaign (or $400,000 a year).

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply will help raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming.

Please visit for info on how you can donate.

Agent Letter

Hello 4-H Friends,

Well… who would have thought that going home for two weeks would have turned into a year?? Although we are still working from home, we are finally starting to see light at the end of this long tunnel. (YAY)

I am so thankful for all of you sticking it through with us- and for being so flexible and adaptive to the changes that have been made along the way to provide a safe environment for everyone.

April is Volunteer Recognition Month and we here at the NCC office would like to say a BIG Thank You! to our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours. We are also encouraging 4-H members to personally thank your leaders during the month of April. Send them a personal hand-written note or a phone call to let them know you appreciate everything they do for you!

As more and more information continues to come out in the newsletter (sometimes on a weekly basis), I encourage you to read through all of this message to make sure you are aware of everything posted. I also encourage everyone to subscribe to the newsletter if you have not done so yet.


Some exciting things that are coming up are:

litter barrels will be on display at the end of this month, clubs are also working on banners and window displays to be displayed in May.

Other important items are recognition of 4-H Seniors, Earth Day activities, $4 for 4-H, Horse Bowl, Equine Art, Jr. Leader day, Demonstration registration, judging contests and more!

With the nice weather finally arriving, outside activities will begin very soon. Stump Corner 4-H Club is hosting a few Archery days, more information will be coming on that so stay tuned. Kent County Jackpot Show and New Castle County Livestock show entries will be coming out soon, keep an eye out for those plus a new Summer Sizzle for market sheep and goat exhibitors.


Summer camps are fast approaching, and we are hoping to hold both overnight and day camps in person this year, depending on approval from the University. Staff is planning for in person events in the hopes that approval will be granted. We are working as hard and fast as we can on this, but we ask for your patience.

Everyone who applied for a day camp, state camp or environmental camp scholarship please note these are to be used this year.

Camp registration opens on April 1st for Environmental and State Camp.

Day camp registration will open shortly- please keep an eye out for an announcement.


Delaware State Fair registration opens, April 1st for all exhibitors, enter through the Delaware State Fair exhibitor’s page. Please be make sure you are in the 4-H Section not the Children’s department. There is a new class this year:

Class 240 Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment when needed. Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it. Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.


Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office (via email)with any questions or concerns and we hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!


Yours in 4-H,

Ms. Kaitlin

Extension Educator, 4-H

🎇🎡State Fair Entry Registrations Now Open🎇🎡

State Fair Entries Open at 9 am, April 1


See the 2021 Delaware State Fair Newsletter below:

Delaware State Fair Newsletter-2021


Please use the below link and register under 4-H.

Please note: We don’t have access to the Fair exhibit registration site and therefore, cannot assist you with registration issues. For questions, please call the Fair directly at 302-398-3269.


We are also pleased to announce a new class:

Class 240             Poster Promoting Teens to seek Emotional and Mental Health Treatment (when needed)

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring a poster contest to promote teens to seek emotional and mental health treatment, when needed.  Unfortunately, there is oftentimes a stigma associated with mental illness, emotional disturbances and seeking treatment. Youth and adolescents need to know they can request assistance when dealing with mental illness – and not feel ashamed about it.  Young adults should feel comfortable when asking for help when dealing with mental or emotional concerns and should never feel embarrassed.

Mental illnesses can affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, or behaviors.  Some of the major types of mental illness are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders.  For more information on major types of mental illness, visit:

All youth/adolescents ages 11 to 19, are encouraged to submit an original design that helps reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for mental illness.

Posters will be evaluated based on the following rules:

1.      Submissions should provide a clear and understandable message in a concise format.

2.      The message portrayed should be easy to read.  Letters and words should be clear and legible.

3.      Language used should be appropriate for age group.

4.      Exhibits should use 14” x 22” poster board, using the entire space on the page.

5.      Any medium or combination of media may be used, including crayons, line drawings, watercolor, paint, etc.

6.      No coloring book or traced drawings.

7.      Computer generated images are acceptable.

8.      Artwork must be the artist’s original creation.

9.      Exhibits must be entered by individuals only.

10.   Do not fold entries.

11.   One cash prize will be awarded by DPH to the first place winner.  A check will be mailed to the winner after the 2021 Delaware State Fair.  The winning exhibit, along with all entries, will be advertised on our Maternal and Child Health website, in addition to our other social media platforms.




$125.00 Ribbon Ribbon



Window Display and Banner Contest

This Spring join us in promoting 4-H across New Castle County and show your community all of the fun, exciting and meaningful programs 4-Hers take part in.

Displays must be in place by 5:00pm Monday, May 3 and remain displayed until5:00pm , Saturday, May 8.

Registrations are due to by April 23 to Kaitlin ( or Serena(


2021 County Level 4-H Animal Judging Contests


Compete against your fellow 4-H friends in your county!  The top 10 participants per county will be posted following the event, and will be invited to participate in the State Animal Judging Contests.

Registration is required by Wednesday, May 26, 2021.  Event dates listed below.

Register HERE

Participants may only participate in one time slot per contest.  No more than one contest can be completed at a time.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristin at or (302) 242-8895.

Horse Judging – Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00 PM

Livestock Judging – Tuesday June 1, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Poultry Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or Thursday, June 3, 2021 6:00 PM

Dairy Judging – Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:00 PM or 6:00 PM

Other important notes:

Participants may not do both levels this year.  Active members age 13 and up must complete the Senior level; members 4-H age 8-12 may choose to complete the Junior or Senior level.

All events are virtual. Each contest is offered at two different times, members can only participate one time per contest.

All contests will include two evaluation classes to judge during the session, seniors will be required to complete a set of oral reasons and submit via email before leaving the contest.

These contests will determine 4-Her eligibility to judge these respective contests at the state level.

Contest Contacts:

Horse Judging – Kristin Cook  at

Livestock Judging – Kaitlin Klair  at

Poultry Judging – Jenny Trunfio at

Dairy Judging – Jill Jackson at

Club Spotlight

Peach Blossom


The Peach Blossom 4-H Educational Youth Club, established in 2006, is a traditional 4-H Club located in the southwest corner of Kent County. Named after Delaware’s state flower, Peach Blossom has 75 members ages 5 to 19, from Harrington, Felton, Frederica, Greenwood, Lincoln, Camden, Milford, and Houston townships. The Peach Blossom Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the “4-H Shed” building located at Webb Farm, west of Greenwood. Since May 2020, monthly club meetings have been held via Zoom, with each session embracing a different theme. Some recent theme examples include school-spirit, pajamas, and tie-dye to make gatherings a little more fun. Peach Blossom also hosts monthly Exploring 4-H and Leadership meetings via Zoom. Outdoor monthly club meetings will be planned in the future, conditions permitting.

Peach Blossom Club members focus on many project areas, including archery, clothing, consumer sciences, dairy, fair prep, foods, horse, photography, poultry, livestock, small engines, and woodworking. Youth members are supported and trained by adult Project Team Leaders.

Members also participate in various volunteer community service projects, including coastal cleanups, beach grass plantings, the Pack-a-Purse Project, and assist non-profit organizations including Wreaths Across America, the Food Bank of Delaware, and the Prospect Church Closet. Rather than gathering as a group to do community service activities in 2020-2021, Peach Blossom established a community service focus each month, encouraging member families to participate in their own projects, such as baking a treat or cooking a meal for a family member or neighbor.

The Peach Blossom Club hosts several annual events and looks forward to a time when it will be possible to return to hosting its annual awards, fundraisers, and camp events.

  • The fall Peach Blossom Family Night awards members and recognizes volunteer leaders for their outstanding service. The highlight of Family Night is the project work auction with both a silent and live auction of members’ donations.
  • The February Peach Blossom Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s is an opportunity for members and leaders to serve pancakes and sausages to fundraise money for club activities.
  • Like 4-H Day and State Camps, the May Camp Peach Blossom offers classes, camp songs, people groups, and Council Circle for youth members.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Peach Blossom Club may contact club leader Elaine Webb at