4-H “SPIN” classes begin


BUCKHANNON — Upshur County 4-H is kicking off their SPIN (Special Interest) Club classes as the 4-H year begins. These classes will revolve around the 4-H project books and will meet in six sessions.

The Cooking 101 SPIN class will be held on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Upshur County Extension Office located at 91 W. Main Street, Suite B in Buckhannon. Dates include November 10, 17 and 24, as well as December 1, 8 and 15. The class is available for students in grades 6 – 12 and costs $25 per child. Youth do not have to be enrolled in a community 4-H club to participate in the SPIN class, as it is open to everyone who wants to participate. Instead, the youth may be signed up as a member at large. Limited space is available, so sign up soon!

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, class sizes are limited, masks will be required, and cleaning protocols will be followed to meet the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and WVU Extension guidelines. Each participant will also have their own set of equipment.

After the holidays, the organization will be offering other SPIN classes with topics such as agriculture, heritage (Appalachian arts and crafts), sewing, photography, and more! Cooking will also be offered again for both beginners and intermediate level.

Additionally, the Extension Office is looking for volunteers who may be interested in teaching a six-session SPIN class. This opportunity may be great for those who have a specific interest and want to help youth learn a new skill, but cannot commit to being a year-long club leader.

Craig Presar, WVU Extension Agent and Director of 4-H Youth Development, explained these classes are a great way for kids to get engaged with a hands-on activity and develop new skills, especially during an isolating pandemic and extended school closure. Presar then explained that kids who are involved in after-school activities, such as 4-H, tend to make better decisions and have easier transitions into a successful adulthood. “Kids that are involved in these sorts of things tend to do better in life,” he expressed.

Presar hinted at other upcoming events for youth to look out for soon. “Just because you’re from a small town doesn’t mean you can’t do big things. We’re going to start working on doing the big things,” Presar emphasized.

Anyone may register at https://4h.zsuite.org.  For more information, call the Upshur County Extension Office at (304) 473-4208.

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