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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Prairie Schooners 4-H club

  •      Since 1947 the Prairie Schooners 4-H club has been a staple in Ford County. Today they are probably the smallest club, with only three families, but they are still doing their part to better themselves and the community they live in.


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  •      Since 1947 the Prairie Schooners 4-H club has been a staple in Ford County. Today they are probably the smallest club, with only three families, but they are still doing their part to better themselves and the community they live in.
         "We only have three families with seven children total participating in Prairie Schooners currently," said Bonnie Trent, one of the community leaders for the club. "But we are always open to new members who are interested in joining the 4-H family."
         Members of Prairie Schooners range in age from 12 to 17 and even though they might not have as many members as other 4-H clubs, they still do everything that the other 4-H clubs do.
         "Right now it's a busy time for us because the kids are getting ready for the fair," said Trent. "Everyone is trying to finish up the projects they've been working on during the year."
         Some of the projects that are popular in the Prairie Schooners include; horse, arts and crafts, sewing, photography, horticulture, cooking and small pets.
         4-H is about more than just the county fair though, it also teaches children life skills.
         "In the meetings, and by doing presentations the kids learn how to present themselves, how to become comfortable with public speaking, how to keep records through their record books and so much more!" said Trent.
         Prairie Schooners are also involved in many community service projects throughout the year. They visit the nursing homes, decorate Christmas ornaments, help cleanup the fairgrounds for the county fair, volunteer with the Dodge City Days BBQ cook-off and much more.
         "Kids that grow up and participate in 4-H tend to continue to be involved in the community as they get older," said Trent. "Many children who were in 4-H continue to do community service throughout their life."
    Prairie Schooners meet the second Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Ford County Fair building.
    Personal Connection
         Trent became a community leader for the Prairie Schooners when her own children became involved in the club, but her ties to the club go a lot deeper than that. Trent herself was a Prairie Schooner when she was growing up.
         "I was in the Prairie Schooners when I was growing up, and it taught me a lot of important life skills that I still use today," said Trent, "so when I had kids I thought it would benefit them to be involved too."
         Trent has been a community leader for about nine years now, and hopes to continue for at least as long as her kids are involved.
         "I hope people realize that 4-H isn't just about livestock," said Trent. "There are so many different projects that children can become involved with, and you don't have to live out on a farm to participate, 4-H is for everyone."
    Page 2 of 2 -      For more information about the Prairie Schooners 4-H club or to become a member contact Trent at (620) 227-3789 or contact Michelle Flax, the other community leader at (620) 255-0532.
    Reach Julia Kazar at (620) 408-9913 or e-mail her at julia.kazar@dodgeglobe.com
     

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