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Champions, Extension partner for ‘Whale of a Good Time’

Summer Champions will be a “whale of a good time” thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Pictured here with some of the program items to be used this summer are Haylie Sewell (front left), Grant Miller, Caitlin Chafee, site director Lisa Chura (back left), 4-H Extension Educator Kathy Booher, 4-H Youth Development and Jackie Warnicke, Champions coordinator. Summer Champions will be a “whale of a good time” thanks to a grant from the Ohio 4-H Foundation. Pictured here with some of the program items to be used this summer are Haylie Sewell (front left), Grant Miller, Caitlin Chafee, site director Lisa Chura (back left), 4-H Extension Educator Kathy Booher, 4-H Youth Development and Jackie Warnicke, Champions coordinator.

Port Clinton City School District’s Champions for Children has been a partner with the Ottawa County 4-H and OSU Extension Office for years. Students enrolled in the after-school program are members of 4-H and participate in projects, camp and much more. Kathy Booher, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, submitted a grant to the Ohio 4-H Foundation to fund summer enrichment activities. The grant funds activities for Acorn Alley as well. This summer, Port Clinton Champions participants will be constructing a life-sized whale, all while having fun and learning at the same time.


Champions for Children does not take the summer off, they provide a summer enrichment program for working families in the school district. The 2012 Summer Camp will include a variety of fun and educational enrichment thanks to OSU Extension and the grant. Based on the STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — initiative, students will see a butterflies develop from larvae to a butterfly, make claymation movies (technology) and learn about robotics (engineering). Math skills come into play when children create a full-scale whale out of plastic. They will be calculating various everyday items, such as a meal, into whale-size proportions.
Summer Champions Enrichment Camp is currently accepting registrations for Summer Enrichment Camp to be held at Port Clinton High School. Besides the 4-H program, participants will participate in the Ida Rupp Public Library Reading Program, learn sign language, swimming and other recreational activities, walking field trips and other fun events. For information, call Jackie Warnicke, coordinator, at 419-732-2102, ext. 232.

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