A record number of youth showed up for the kickoff of the fourth annual “Fun Fridays” program at the Madison County Extension Office on School Street.
Extension Program Assistant Leslie Lazenby said 74 kids arrived on the first day June 17 for the program developed by Restoration Community Gardens. Open to all ages, Fun Fridays is held weekly through Aug. 12 from 9:45 a.m. to noon.
It is broken into four 20-minute segments, rotating among four different classes a day.
•Where Does Milk Come From (sponsored by Southwest Dairy Farmers)
•Car Seat Safety
•Learning to Read Recipes (sponsored by Madison County Library)
•From Egg To Chick
•How to Make an Omelet
•Butterflies and Bees
•Leather Working (sponsored by Rockin’ Bar E Leather)
•Seedling to Tree by Texas A&M Forest Service
•Growing Monarch Butterflies
•Dollars and Sense
•Music and Games (First Baptist Church Youth Group)
Special visitors include Texas A&M Forest Service, Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert, Madison County Health Department, Texas A&M Poultry Science Department, Master Gardeners and local youth groups.
Local churches help fund the program through donations, and program activities are planned through the Extension Office.
“We partner with Brazos Valley Food Bank to send participants home with a kid-friendly weekend package of nutritious snacks and meals,” Lazenby said. “We hope to better educate our children on the importance of agriculture. We welcome volunteers and community involvement.”
Madison County Extension is located at 300 West School Street, Madisonville. Call (936) 348-2234 for information.
Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.