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Stackpole-Hall, 4-H collaborate on youth program

January 4, 2012

Photo by Gian DeLoia - The Stackpole-Hall Foundation provided a grant of $27,500 to the Ridgway YMCA and Elk County 4-H program for an out-of-school youth program. Shown, from left, are Jody Johnson, 4-H out-of-school programs coordinator; Stackpole-Hall Foundation Treasurer Denny Bonanno; Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynn Bellotti; and Natalie Aiello, 4-H youth development coordinator for Elk and Cameron counties.

A grant through the Stackpole-Hall Foundation has initiated an out-of-school youth program to be carried out by a collaboration with the Ridgway YMCA and the Elk County 4-H Program.
The 4-H program will open the door for Elk County children between the ages of eight and 18 years old to learn leadership, teamwork and other valuable skills that will encourage them to be proactive forces within the community.
According to 4-H Out-Of-School Programs Coordinator Jody Johnson, the program will focus on a variety of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] activities.
"It is all hands-on," Johnson said. "We will be doing hands-on science projects and other things of that nature."
Johnson said students can expect to make their own slimes and silly putties to learn about polymers.
"We also have a crafting aspect in there, too," Johnson said. "We were just talking about a sewing project where kids draw their own monsters and turn them into pillows."
Natalie Aiello, 4-H youth development educator for Elk and Cameron counties, stressed that it is a hands-on program.

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