4-H’ers Craft “Can”struction Sculpture at the Colusa County Fair

101_1451Members of the Arbuckle 4-H Canstruction Project crafted more than 900 cans of peaches, green beans, corn and kidney beans into a fabulous tree displayed in Atwood Hall to celebrate the 2013 Colusa County Fair. After the fair, the food is destined for distribution through the food assistance program operated by the Arbuckle Family Action Center located on the southwest corner of the Arbuckle Elementary School campus. A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Arbuckle Canstruction group through 4-H’s Revolution of Responsibility program to celebrate 4-H’s centennial anniversary and 4-H youths’ legacy of working together to make a measurable difference right where they live. Hannah Cutter, Molly and Emma Doherty and Mary Marsh collaborated on this display and built on canstruction engineering skills they began developing last Thanksgiving when they created a three dimensional Christmas tree.

“I had fun working together with my friends doing something good for our community,” Mary Marsh remarked. Many people will benefit from this food. In the 2011/2012 fiscal year, 1,964 people participated in the Family Action Center’s food assistance program.

101_1449Revolution of Responsibility is funding 1,000 civic engagement projects that will benefit 1,000 communities across the state. 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in America. 371 Colusa County youth participate in 4-H and 120 youth are members of the Arbuckle 4H Club.

Colusa County 4-H is offered to all youth, ages 5-19, and is part of the 4-H Youth Development Program and the University of California Cooperative Extension. For more information about Colusa County 4-H, call (530) 458-0570.

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