Union County 4-H prepares for the Annual Exceptional Children’s Party

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4-H membersIn December, Union County 4-H will be going to Sardis Elementary School on December 5 and Unionville Elementary School on December 7 to host a party for the exceptional children in the schools.

For more than 20 years, the service-learning project for 4-Hers and their families was created to bring a little bit a holiday cheer to the exceptional children in the county. The program has since grown to reach more than 125 exceptional children. During the event, 4-Hers and other youth volunteers will travel with their buddies through games and craft stations.

4-H Agent Crystal Starkes said, “The exceptional children and 4-Hers look forward to this event every year. You should see the looks on their (the exceptional children) faces when they meet their buddy for the first time. They are in complete awe because someone is taking the time to spend with them even if it is only for a few hours.”

This event changes lives.

“Since participating as a volunteer with the Exceptional Children’s Party, one 4-Her makes it a priority at her school to speak to them and visit with them in their classrooms,” Starkes added.

The Exceptional Children’s Party depends on volunteers and donations from clubs and community organizations to help make this event possible. Union County 4-H is currently seeking donations and volunteers! We need both adults and youth volunteers to either serve as buddies or run a station for an hour and a half to two hours. Youth who participate can receive a written excuse to give to their administrator. He or she will also receive a letter validating their service hours to Union County 4-H.

Another way to help is by donating items to make goodie bags for the children. We are currently seeking the following items:

  • 132 Composition/Spiral Notebooks
  • 132 Packs of Crayons (between 8 to 24 count)
  • 132 Mini Water Bottles (thicker plastic like Nestle)
  • 132 Snack Packs of Chips
  • 132 Individualized Sized Fruit Snacks

Any donation of time or goodie bag items is greatly appreciated! You may sign up to volunteer by completing the form or calling the office at 704.283.3735. You can also e-mail crystal_starkes@ncsu.edu.