By Montessa Young

Ronnell Chavarria and Montessa Young recently attended the Idaho Afterschool Network Power Up! Conference in Boise. They shared their expertise in Lego robotics while learning about new initiatives in afterschool education. Research was presented on afterschool programs that shows an increase in class participation, improved grades, improved performance on state assessments and improved behavior compared to students not attending a program. 4-H afterschool programming is available in over half of Idaho counties and in Washington County we offer 4-H activities weekly to all afterschool participants at Park School, Pioneer School and Weiser Middle School.  UI Extension 4-H is proud to be a partner with the Weiser BEST 21st Century Community Learning Center.  
Students complete hands-on projects in areas such as STEM, agriculture and healthy living in a positive environment with a caring adult. This 4-H learning model is very successful in the afterschool setting.
Ronnell Chavarria plans and teaches these activities to over 75 students weekly. Last year they learned everything from making a healthier snack, to playing a zombie game to learn about finances to crafting cards to send to the troops. This program give students an opportunity to participate in 4-H even if they are unable to join a community club and go to the local county fair.
To see the entire University of Idaho Extension Washington County Autumn 2017 Newsletter, please call (208-414-0415) or stop by UI Extension Washington County (485 E. 3rd Street in Weiser).