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4-H summer projects offered

CRYSTAL FALLS — Michigan State University Extension program coordinator Deb Divoky has created three opportunities for Iron County youth this summer.
    The first is an opportunity for youngsters to show the community what they’ve been doing or what they have completed this summer by sharing a photo.
    Participants are then asked to write a caption for the photo, using first name only, and then send to Divoky at
    “At the beginning of September, I will make copies of your pictures, display them at the Iron County Courthouse, and then create a book of your photos with captions,” Divoky said. “These finished books can then be seen at each school library or at the two libraries in the county. This is a very unusual summer, so let’s record this historic event through the eyes of our youth.”
    The next project is a writing project, Divoky said.
    “During this stressful time, it is important to record our thoughts about how this pandemic has affected our lives.”
    Again, send the writing projects to Divoky at  She will then copy the writings, create a book, and distribute them to the school libraries and community libraries. First name only or send anonymously.
    The last project is a hands-on project involving wood kits which became available at the Crystal Falls District Library and the West Iron District Library on Tuesday.
“You will be able to finish and decorate a number of wood plaques to put your keys on or to hang up your clothes. All of the kits will include all of the equipment necessary to complete the project except for paint, varnish, and glue. All of these kits are free for any youth in Iron County.
“Each kit will have directions. There will be wooden plaques of a football, heart, 4-H clover, fish, and the outline of the U.P.  About a week later, you can pick up plaques specific for Forest Park and West Iron County. In addition, when you pick up your kit, there will be a sheet to write your first name and grade level for next school year. If anyone can think of other possible plaque ideas, please let me know at my email address.”
    Participants can obtain another wood kit after they complete their previous project. They can also take a picture of their completed project, write about it, and then email to Divoky.
Finally, Divoky thanked Crystal Fresh Market for donating the bags for the kits.