Pioneer helps Tama County 4-H to give back

County Council members (from left) Lilly Bru, Emilie Claussen, Kaylynn Murty and Jay Bru present Toledo Police Department representatives (from left) Chief Nathan Shepard, Officer Kyle Howe, Officer Cole Savage and Detective Nathan Wunn with care bags they created through a project funded by Pioneer. -- Contributed photo

Each year, Iowa 4-H Club Community Involvement projects are sponsored by Pioneer and the Iowa 4-H Foundation in conjunction with Iowa 4-H and Youth Programs. Pioneer provides up to $5,000 to selected 4-H clubs in Iowa. Awards are made directly to the clubs through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Grants range from a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $500.

To apply for this grant, clubs/groups create a project that will improve their community.

Tama County 7-9th grade County Council developed a project to create bags for the Toledo Police Department to distribute to kids who they determine can use them in case of an arrest of their parent(s), a car accident or fire.

The bags are given to the police to hand out to children ages 3-10 to help with anxiety and also so that the kids are not afraid of police officers.

The 4-H members learned financial skills, including completing a budget, completing an application and submitting a final report.

Fifteen bags were presented by the 7-9th grade 4-H County Council on Wednesday, September 15th to the Toledo Police Department. The bags included a blanket, stuffed animal, story book, activity book, colors, play dough, snacks, flashlight, cards and games

The County Council group thanks those who supported them in this project.

To learn more about the Tama County 4-H program visit www.extension.iastate.edu/tama/4h or call 641-484-2703.