Art school to bring 4-H to Mukilteo

Apr 18, 2012

Sitting on 9 acres in the heart of Mukilteo, Gene Nastri School wants to make the school’s surrounding land available for a variety of 4-H programs.

4-H is the youth development education program of Washington State University Extension, which is conducted jointly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, your state land grant university (WSU) and Snohomish County government.

You can find more information about Snohomish County 4-H programs at http://snohomish.wsu.edu.

To get the program off the ground, adult volunteer/teachers are needed. Training for 4-H leadership is provided by WSU. If you are interested in being a volunteer, contact Marilyn Segle at mander@wsu.edu or call 425-357-6044 for more information.

“It is a tragedy to see such valuable acreage in the center of Mukilteo not being put to good use,” said Director Carol Harkins. “Hopefully, there are some volunteers in Mukilteo ready and willing to step up to the plate.”

Today 4-H is everywhere – in cities, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the nation. The United States has more than 5 million members and 600,000 leaders.

Around the world, 4-H type clubs now exist in at least 82 countries. The organization serves a broad clientele with expanding program focus using a variety of ways to deliver its effective "learn by doing" approach.

The vision of 4-H is to develop young people to become productive citizens who are engaged in positive change, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing society.

To date, there are no 4-H programs available in Mukilteo.

“As the school is not using the land,” Harkins said, “we would like to make it available for 4-H projects like gardening, bee-keeping, and natural environmental studies, or any number of the valuable possibilities available in 4-H.”

She said the 4-H program, while different from the school in that all 4-H activities are free and all teachers are volunteers, complements the mission of Gene Nastri School, which is to provide high quality arts instruction for all members of the community.

The school is at 8616 Mukilteo Speedway in Mukilteo. Contact the school at 425-789-1097 or go to www.genenastrischool.org for more information.

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