By Stephanie L. Butterfield

University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development is wrapping up another summer of STEAM programming in Washington County.  Ronnell Chavarria, 4-H program assistant, worked with other local businesses and groups to expand opportunities for youth this year.  
Two groups of children visited Idaho Pizza and learned all about the action behind the counter of one of their favorite local eateries.  After their tour, they were able to make their very own pizza.  Casey Girl Designs also jumped in to teach several arts and crafts classes with each child taking home an original artwork, and the knowledge to recreate the activity at home.  The youth were also able to get behind the scenes of this local business as well.  Another popular series of classes this summer was the sewing classes.  Some youth made pillow cases while learning or practicing basic sewing skills. Those who enjoyed the first project applied the skills they learned to make reversible tote bags.  Part of what makes these projects fun for the kids is that they can choose their own fabrics, making their project just the way they want them and one-of-a-kind.  Some of the young sewers were so pleased with their projects that they entered them in the Washington County Fair last month.  In addition to the crafting, sewing and pizza making, classes were offered in the Science of Making a Better Bubble, paracord bracelets and our 4-H Teen Leadership group had the opportunity to support Rose Advocates with their summer youth activities.  
4-H strives to bring a variety of hands-on summer classes to youth to introduce them to new things, get them excited about STEAM activities and to enrich their time off in the summer.  We are constantly looking for new ideas and we always need volunteers.  We couldn’t have made these opportunities available if it weren’t for our loyal volunteers and helpers.  Thanks again for donating your time and expertise!