The Lake Placid Noon Rotary Club donated $100 to the Lake Placid 4-H Clovers at its Thursday, Jan. 9 luncheon at Beef ‘O’Brady’s restaurant.
4-H leader Paula Sapp spoke to Rotarians about the Lake Placid chapter, explaining there are currently 45 children in the program. Youngsters can join at the age of 5. The 4-H club meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at H.L. Bishop Park.
The children are all involved in 4-H projects. Some raise livestock, others grow caladiums and citrus, some enter cooking projects in the Highlands County fair. Club members Rorie Bean and Layton Sapp were on hand to talk about their projects. Rorie is making blackberry jam for the fair, while Layton is raising a hog.
The students also gave talks on why 4-H is important to them. Sapp said 4-H teaches leadership skills and organizational skills.
Shelbi Hill is the president of the Lake Placid 4-H Clovers. She said the chapter has a Pumpkin Patch fundraiser once a year. The 2014 version is already set for Saturday, Oct. 18. The Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkins, games, face painting and treats.
Those interested in joining 4-H should contact the Highlands County Extension Office at 863-402-6540.