4-H partners with other organizations for community service

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – Pennington County 4-H members were among 75 volunteers who placed 1,000 wreaths on the graves of service members laid to rest in the Black Hills National Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America Ceremony held this December.

“One of the essential elements of 4-H is generosity. When 4-H members help others within their community, a service learning opportunity is often the result,” said Peter Nielson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Director.

“This service project taught 4-H members about honor and encouraged them to remember the service men and women who sacrificed for this country.”

Pennington County 4-H partnered with the Sturgis Boy Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and community members. All the wreaths were purchased by families of service members.

“Pierre Claeyssens said that to be killed in war is not the worst that can happen, to be lost at war is not the worst that can happen. The worst thing that can happen is to be forgotten, and so we’re trying to remember and make sure that our fallen service men and women are honored during the holidays,” said Matthew Olson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor – Pennington County.

For more information about 4-H or community service opportunities, contact your local SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor. A complete list can be found at www.iGrow.org.