By Crystal Thompson
The 4-H program has flourished in the Kremlin community, thanks to strong support from the community said 4-H leader Donna Barkley.
This year Kremlin's branch of 4-H Club, The Hawks, have a total of twenty members of varying ages. The Kremlin 4-H Hawks meet once a month to organize their group and learn new skills. They also participate in various community service activities in conjunction with their separate 4-H projects.
The group chooses from projects like leatherworking, animals, sewing, cooking, woodworking and more. Each member has, on average, four projects that he or she works on during the year. The projects are judged during the Great Northern Fair, where 4-H Clubs throughout the county display the projects they've so diligently worked on during the year.
The Kremlin 4-H Hawks enjoy full support from the local community. Not only are several parents and community members involved with the group, but several businesses help promote and support the group in their fundraising efforts.
Barkley is one of many adult leaders who are involved with the Kremlin 4-H Club. Many community members take time out of their days to help with judging projects, planning activities, teaching skills and running meetings.
"The community is so supportive," said Barkley.
Kremlin has long been involved with 4-H, as it promotes the old fashioned qualities and values that small towns thrive on. It also gives local youth a chance to learn valuable skills.
"It gives the kids a chance to work by themselves and learn something," Barkley said.