4-Hers help clean up the Community Building

Ryan Feuerhelm (Right), along with Amber Williams and Ayden Williams help to clear out brush in front of the Community Building. Staff photo.

By Joey McWilliams

DURANT – In between periods of rain on Tuesday, some local 4-Hers and sponsors worked outside of the Clay Jones Community Building to help give it a refreshed look.

There was much weeding to be done, but with the ground already softened by some of the rain that came earlier in the day, it was an easier task.

Helping out around the county extension office is just one of the things the local 4-Hers are doing during this year’s National 4-H Week, according to Crystal Cheek, a volunteer adult leader who helps to oversee the Durant 4-H groups.

(Front to back) Kaylee Lynn and Jaci Floyd, fourth-graders at DIS, with Jared Cheek work on getting the weeds out to prepare to plant flowers. Staff photo.

“We’re going to clear out some weeds and plant some new flowers and hopefully make it look a little better here,” Cheek said.

“We have a blood drive coming up on Oct. 12 at the Community Building. The kids have made quilts for cancer patients and taken them to cancer centers, our teen councils have. And for national 4-H week, we always recognize a 4-H baby, a member in the community that we pick out at the hospital and take them a basket.”

Ryan Feuerhelm, a sophomore at DHS, said the group does a lot of community work, including digging out gardens for people and helping to build and set other things up when needed.

He also put in service at the recent county fair.

“We worked the concession stand,” Feuerhelm said. “We work up to eight hours to get to go to camp in the summer.”

The Bryan County 4-H has on the schedule a lock-in and a hunting skills contest to close out the week.

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