Invisalign ChangeMakers

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Join the
Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

Are you making a positive impact in your community? Then you’re an Invisalign ChangeMaker. And we’d love to help boost your efforts! That’s why, in partnership with National 4-H Council, we’re giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19) who we think are changing the world for the better. Share your story! We’re accepting applications through March 31, 2021.

Find out more HERE

Agent Letter

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Hello 4-H Friends,

As January comes and goes, we begin to pick up with 4-H events, opportunities and contest- so please continue to check your email and the newsletter to make sure that you have the most updated information.

As February begins, we have several items coming up which include:

C-3 Meeting – February 8th

Photography Entries Due – February 12th

Virtual State Teen Conference – February 13th

Skill building workshops – 13th

Skill building workshops – 20th

Camp Scholarships Due – 26th

Skill building workshops – 27th

Foods Judging Training – March 2nd

Favorite Foods has been postponed to a later date, you can still submit entries to Serena by Friday, February 12th. We will be opening entries back up once we determine when we are going to be holding the event for those who would like to change their entry, can now attend or are no longer able to attend. If you have questions, please reach out to me. Photography contest is still going to be held, please submit entries to Ms. Jenny. If you have questions, please contact her at Results will be shared online.

The Leaders Forum will not be taking place this year; there will be other volunteer development opportunities that you can take advantage of throughout the year. State Teen Conference will be virtual on Saturday, February 13. Those who signed up- be ready for some fun and new leadership opportunities.

Up and coming items to be aware of: start studying for the Horse Bowl (which will be virtual), prepping for Judging contests (March 22nd Foods, Wildlife and Horticulture) and finding topics for demonstrations(April 15th & May 15th). Summer camp scholarship applications will be due on Feb. 26, get ready for the clothing showcase and more spring events.

Teens, please consider submitting a State Record Book to win a trip to National 4-H Congress. I am more than willing to meet with you and set up check ins with you to stay on track to get your book completed in time.

Reminder: all 4-H members must enroll or re-enroll in 4-H Online by March 1, 2021 to be eligible to participate in any summer county and statewide events. You can register HERE.

Inclement Weather Policy – If the Christina School District closes for the day, has early dismissal, or cancels after-school activities, then New Castle County 4-H events are cancelled. Weekend 4-H events will be cancelled if the University of Delaware closes or cancels events.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the 4-H office 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

NCC 4-H Project Skills Building Workshops

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(Formerly Winter Workshops)


Please sign up for what you are interested in- space is limited due to COVID restrictions. Pay at the door.

Saturday, February 13

Saturday, February 20

Tween Leadership (for ages 11-13) Location: Extension Office; 12 noon- 2 pm Cost: FREE

Saturday, February 27

Photography Contest Update

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Our plans are once again changing! (Thanks for your continued patience!!) Since the Favorite Foods Contest has been postponed again, we’ve decided to keep the Photo Contest deadline the same and share the results online.

Please contact Jenny Trunfio to arrange dropping off your photos and with any questions you may have. They are still due by February 12. Winners will be announced online.

Club Spotlight

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Heritage 4-H Club

Heather Coverdale has a passion for 4-H after a long history as a 4-H’er, leader and employee of the 4-H Afterschool Program in Kent County. With extra free time during quarantine, she started to envision activities, tours, projects and community service for a new club. Out of a challenging time, the Heritage 4-H Club was born!

The club is up and running and members are exited.  Currently, members range in age from 8 to 19 years old.   The club meets on the 1st Monday of the month from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Coverdale’s home. The projects at this time are foods and nutrition, science, archery, horticulture/gardening, and fishing.  A few of the members have an interest in goats and swine.  The members are currently preparing and practicing speeches for the public speaking contest and choosing a recipe for the Favorite Foods Contest.  The next community service project will be making Valentine’s Day favors/cards for the local nursing home. Heritage 4-H members are very excited and eager to explore the many things 4-H has to offer.

To join us on our adventures contact Heather Coverdale at 302-343-9335 or

Club News

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Summit Bridge


At today’s meeting, we had an exciting activity planned. Before the meeting, Mrs. Schaffer gave us all black canvases, a selection of paints, and paintbrushes. But before we could use anything
we went over some old and new business. Two of our members, Elijah and Stacy went to St. Paul’s church and presented them with a check funded by money that the club had raised to support them. After we thanked and congratulated them, we started on our activity. Mrs. Schaffer found an online tutorial on how to paint a magical snowman. After some technical difficulties,
we were able to start painting, and everyone had such a fun time! The video was very descriptive so it was easy to follow along and make our canvases come to life. Unfortunately, my hands were covered with paint at the time so I couldn’t get a good picture of everyone’s masterpieces, but pictured below is my finished product.


At today’s meeting, we had limited time so we quickly went through old business then moved on to our activity. We did a scavenger hunt where we had to find different things related to 4-H throughout our home. For example, we had to find a green marker, a piece of paper, and even something with the 4-H logo on it. We weren’t keeping score, so everyone was a winner at the end! After our game, we went over when our next meeting would be and then said good night.

-Daisy Timney, Club Reporter


Summer Environmental Education Internship – DEEC

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Summer Environmental Education Internship – DEEC

Opportunity Type: Part Time (30 hrs/wk), 10-week

Location: DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE

Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.

Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing each other’s perspective. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

Job Description

The Summer Environmental Education Intern works at DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) in Wilmington, Delaware. DEEC welcomes thousands of guests throughout the year. Delaware Nature Society’s goal is to interact with these visitors and introduce them to DelNature, the site’s nature and wildlife, and the menu of programs and activities available to them.


  • Assists in the teaching and preparation of summer environmental programs for children and adults at DEEC.
  • Greets and interacts with visitors to the site.
  • Attends instructor-training workshops.
  • Leads week-long summer camp sessions for children ages 6-12.

Training and resources are provided to gain knowledge in environmental science topics related to the site and region. Interns attend summer camp instructor training, which includes canoe training and CPR/First Aid certification. Training consists of formal all-staff events, one-on-one mentoring, and the opportunity to work alongside many different educators with different teaching styles and skill sets.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Passion for the outdoors, enthusiasm for working with people.
  • A high level of initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be 18 or older.

DelNature is dedicated to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

Essential Dates

June 7 to August 13, 2021.

The individual selected for the position will work about 30 hours per week. Individual schedules are somewhat flexible and set with the Education Coordinator. The Summer Environmental Education Intern can expect to work Monday-Friday with potential evening and/or weekend hours.

Salary and Benefits

Wage is $10.00/hr.

Applicants Must Submit


Beekeeping Essay Contest

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2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy.  Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes.  Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!

In your essay, name at least two threats (a parasite such as Varroa, a pathogen such as a virus, a predator such as a bear, etc.) to honey bee colonies and then discuss the methods colonies use to defend against the threats. If possible, include at least one picture you have taken from Feb. 2020-Feb. 2021 that illustrates how colonies manage to stay healthy against a variety of threats.


The 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.

Any 4-H Club member who placed first, second or third in previous years of the national competition is NOT eligible to win in 2021, however, state competition winners remain eligible to enter the national competition. Entered essays must encompass the designated topic only. There will be no exceptions.

Competition Rules & Essay Requirements:

Any 4-H Club member interested in writing an essay should submit them via email to by Monday, March 15, 2021. Each state may submit one entry to the National competition.  National winners will be announced June 15, 2021.

  • Essay requirements for national judging:
    • Essay must be typewritten or computer-generated on single-sided pages and formatted following standard manuscript format using double-spaced type and 12pt font in legible font face.
    • Essay must encompass the designated topic in 750 to 1,000 words. Word count does not include sources, works cited or the writer’s biographical statement.
    • All factual statements and interview references must be cited in a “sources” or “bibliography” list.
    • Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research, 40%; (b) accuracy, 30%; (c) creativity, 10%;
      (d) conciseness, 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic, 10%.
    • On a separate page, please include a brief biographical statement of the writer including mailing address, email address and phone number.


Three cash prizes will be awarded in the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition. The author of the highest scoring essay will win first prize. The author of the second-highest scoring essay will win second prize. The author of the third-highest scoring essay will win third prize.

  • First Prize:      $750
  • Second Prize: $500
  • Third Prize:     $250

The three prize-winning essays will be published in ABF Quarterly, the magazine of the American Beekeeping Federation. All authors of essays submitted to the national competition will receive a relevant book on honey bees, beekeeping or honey.

4-H Spring Foundation Aid Opportunities

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Requests to the Delaware 4-H Foundation for Club/Group financial aid is March 1, 2021.  Please share in your upcoming updates and newsletters.

The Delaware 4-H Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the 4-H program.  Financial Support Requests will be accepted twice a fiscal year:  March 1 and October 1

The applications will be reviewed and awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  The attached form must be submitted electronically to  Notification of the receipt of the request will be confirmed within 72 hours to the contact person named on the request.  Once a decision has been made, the contact person will be notified of the Board’s decision.

This information can also be found on our website here:

State Hippology Contest Results

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The Delaware 4-H program held their statewide 4-H Hippology contest at the end of December.  Normally held on site at an equine facility, the event was adapted and held virtually this year.  Hippology meaning “study of the horse” is an activity that enhances learning for 4-H members by letting them exhibit their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry in a competitive setting.  34 youth ages 5-19 from across the state participated in the virtual competition.  The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group composed of 4-H volunteers from all three Delaware counties that are dedicated to providing quality 4-H horse programs to members, sponsored the contest.

4-H members competed as individuals this year.  The individual portion of the contest had competitors complete five different sections focused on multiple choice questions on equine management related topics, feed identification, general horse equipment identification horse coat color and marking identification, and sorting tack as well as breeds into appropriate categories.  Seniors also completed an exercise that asked them to identify the parts of the sole of a horse foot based on a photograph.

4-H members were scored and placed utilizing the Danish system which compared their score to a standard.

We’d like to congratulate Daisy Timney of the Heavenly Hooves Club for her performance in the contest!

  • Senior (14-19 year olds)

Hannah Davis, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red

Sydney Messick, Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Kent County ~Red

Zoe Probert, Sunset Branch 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red

Paige Taylor, Bridgeville Mustangs 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Red

Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County ~Red


Caroline Allen, Westville 4-H Club, Kent County ~Yellow

Edwin  Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Sophie Noon, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Ava Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow

Cate Reilly, Country Clovers 4-H Club, Sussex County ~Yellow


4-H is a community of young people across Delaware learning leadership, citizenship and lifeskills.   For more information on becoming a 4-H member or volunteer in Delaware please contact your county extension office:

February Science Activity

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February – 4-H Space Exploration

Will Food Grow in Space? Experiment!


Materials Needed

  • Small Sealable Bag (sandwich or snack size)
  • Paper Towel
  • Scissors
  • Water (in a small glass)
  • Marker/Pen
  • Pantry Seeds (Beans, quinoa, popcorn, etc.)



  1. Cut the paper towel twice the size of the bag.
  2. Wad the paper towel and dip it in the water, gently wring it out
  3. Flatten out the wet paper towel, and place 3-5 seeds on the paper towel and fold it in half
  4. Carefully place the paper towel with seeds into the zippered bag and seal
  5. Label the bag with the type of seeds and date.


Watch the Video for additional facts and supporting information!

Other 4-H Space Activities:

Citizenship Corner

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Operation Christmas Child February Donations – Accessories

Members who have donations, please find a time to take them to your Club Leader who will make sure the items are delivered to your County 4-H Educator. All donations statewide will be boxed and distributed to Operation Christmas Child in the Fall of 2021.

·         Hats

·         Scarfs

·         Mittens

·         Sunglasses

·         Tote bag/purse

·         Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)

·         Decorative hat

·         Bandanas

·         Wrist watch

·         Sunglasses

·         Tote bag/purse

·         Hair accessories (hair bows, hair clips, hair ribbons, elastic hair bands, etc.)

Financial Literacy

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Financial Literacy Saving Tips


How to SAVE for the special WANT item:

  • Set aside a percentage of all money received in a container marked “Savings for a ……”
  • Make a list of items you think you really want and make note of the price range for each item.

   For instance:

   🛹 Skateboard  $90 – $130

    🚲Bicycle     $100 – $130

    🛴Scooter $50 – $100

  • Look over the list often and ask yourself, “Do I still want that item?”  If so, keep it on the list; if not, cross off the item.
  • Once you decide what item you want, put a picture of the item on your saving container, on a mirror, on your computer–any place where you will see the picture often to remind you of your goal.  Also, put a small picture in your wallet.
  • Keep adding to your “Savings for a …”; and keep asking yourself “Do I still want that item?”
  • Watch ads for sales, check out garage sales and estate sales.

When you have found the item at the best price possible and you have enough money saved, go ahead and award yourself and buy the item. 👍

🤔 Did you know that …   ?   

The United States paper money is composed of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen.  This is the reason paper money does not dissolve in the washer.       

Montly Online Newsletter From New Castle County, Delaware 4-H!