The new Le Sueur County 4-H Program Coordinator Janelle Lanoue is looking forward to working with the kids in 4-H and looking to make a good program even stronger.
“I love working with kids,” said Lanoue. “To see their excitement and their accomplishments.”
The Le Sueur County 4-H program has 11 groups, with more than 300 kids and 75 adult volunteers. Lanoue hopes to strengthen the program’s outreach in order to bring the program to more kids. Lanoue has been involved in 4-H since she was in kindergarden, and she said that the program has been very beneficial for her.
“It is a chance for kids to learn, grow, and advance their skills,” said Lanoue. “It is an opportunity to learn by doing.”
Lanoue graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in animal science, and as a senior, Lanoue was elected to the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association’s National Officer Board. She has also interned at the Douglas County 4-H program and worked for the American Paint Horse Society.
Lanoue is the first full-time 4-H coordinator for Le Sueur County, which will give her more time to develop the program. Lanoue will look to offer more activities to kids that are interested in joining, such as adventure programs that have kids participate in wildlife, science, and art activities, as well as play games.
Lanoue said that the 4-H program helps build leadership qualities and helps develop public speaking skills. In many of the 4-H groups, participants not only display their projects and give demonstrations, but they also lead the meetings.
J.P. Ardison is the president of the 4-H Clover Blossoms, and in his second year with the group. Ardison runs the meetings at the Kasota Town Hall for the Clover Blossoms.
“It’s a good way to have fun,” said Ardison. “You work on projects that prepare you for the real world.”
At the Clover Blossoms meeting on March 7, Lanoue helped teach the kids to make candy butterflies. Macy Weller, 7, enjoyed creating and decorating her candy butterfly.
“It’s fun, I like making things, and if it’s food I like eating it,” said Weller.
Nancy Beran is the former leader of the Clover Blossoms, and has been in the 4-H program for most of her life. She said that the whole club is very active in the community, and is one of the oldest clubs in the county.
“Anything you are interested in you can do here,” said Beran.
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