Much to the surprise of Cass County 4-H Coordinator, Hailey Harman, Cassopolis is one of the locations chosen for a national billboard campaign supporting 4-H, as is evident when you are pulling into McDonalds when traveling eastbound on M-60. National 4-H Council has a partnership with an outdoor marketing company that will fill vacant billboards with their promotional endorsement.
Harman says, “We’ve been hearing of some of the bigger cities in Michigan receiving them (the billboards) within the last few days, but I certainly didn’t expect to see one here in Cassopolis. This is super!”
The attractive advertisement encourages people to “inspire kids to do,” and gives the link of www.4-H.org for more information. Harman quickly accessed the national 4-H website and was excited to see if you followed the link to the state and then the county, that the information directly connected to the Cass County site.
Serving as the coordinator for a little over two years, Harman has been very diligent to bring new programming to families in order to increase 4-H visibility in Cass County. Some of those programs have included “Let’s Get Eggs-cited About Embryology” where members hatched and raised chicks, “Showing Livestock… Fun, Fair & in My Future!”, farm safety, entomology and the latest endeavor of building Buddy Benches for area schools. On the radar for this spring is Cloverbud Conservation, tractor operator safety and taking advantage of the latest announcement of Dr. T.K. Lawless Park being designated an international dark-sky park, an astronomy project at the park. Harman has also formed a very active group of teen leaders that have undertaken some very large projects on their own, including the youth dance at the end of the Cass County Fair.
When we talk about inspiring kids, 4-H in Cass County is well on its way doing just that. For more information on how to join this organization as a member or a volunteer leader, contact the MSU Extension office at 269-445-4438.