Byron 4-H clubs join forces to volunteer

National 4-H Day of Service encourages 4-H clubs to work together and get out into their communities to make a difference, which is exactly what the By-Y-Badgers and Emerald Eagles 4-H Clubs, both of Byron, did on Saturday, April 23.

The two clubs teamed up to do some spring clean-up at the Byron Township Cemetery where club members and their families worked along the perimeter fence to rake leaves, pick up sticks and branches, and then hauled it all to a central location for disposal.  Members of the community and the overseers of the cemetery are appreciative of all that was accomplished.

Members of the By-Y-Badgers 4-H Club, along with their families, are also making a difference in additional ways in the community.  For Valentine’s Day, members donated a variety of snacks and personal care items, and colored thank you cards to create care baskets to show appreciation and thank local healthcare workers for all they do on a daily basis.  The baskets were delivered to local locations for OSF, Swedish American, KSB, and the Ogle County Health Department. 

The By-Y-Badgers 4-H Club members are helping support the Ogle County 4-H Fair by sponsoring two 4-H fair awards and donating to the Children’s Farm, which is held during fair week.  Several families also participated in the Ogle County 4-H garbage bag and cookie dough fundraiser. 

To learn more about the Ogle County 4-H program, please contact the Ogle County Extension Office at 815-732-2191.