Sometimes, life lesson begins with baling twine

As the saying goes, “Think globally, act locally.” With that in mind, I would like to start off this article with a unique community service announcement from one of our La Plata County 4-H clubs.

Looking for a way to get rid of all that leftover baling twine? The Rockin Riders 4-H Club is recycling it.

“We hope to reduce the amount of polypropylene going into our landfills,” says Emma Van Dyck, president of the Rockin Riders. “La Plata County uses tons of baling twine every year. After it’s used, it is either thrown away, burned or buried. Basin Co-op and La Plata County Fairgrounds are our current drop-off locations, but we are looking for more locations, as well.”

As of Monday, you may drop off your used baling twine at Basin Co-op or the fairgrounds. If your business would like to volunteer as a drop-off location, call Van Dyck at (970) 903-5741 or Lisa Marie Jacobs at (970) 903-6818. 4-H is strongly supported by La Plata County, and we would like to give back to our community.

So instead of just bunching up your bailing twine and throwing it into the trash, take the time to separate it into its own box or bag and then bring it to a drop-off location. 4-H members are learning to be the next environmental stewards of the land, water and air. Community engagement in this initiative will help them toward this goal.

This is also a great example of how positive youth-adult partnerships are making a difference in our community. Many 4-H community-service and service-learning projects require the commitment and dedication from both adults and youths. Many service activities require adults (parents) to assist youths in the process of planning, organizing and implementing an activity. Through these activities, both adults and youths can gain practical skills for working together across generational differences for a good cause.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Animas Valley 4-H’s “High Tea at the Grange.” This community event brought together Animas Valley Grange members with 4-H’ers in a fun-filled way. 4-H’ers served tasty cucumber sandwiches, cheese, crackers, desserts, tea and biscuits while also showing off their talents through poems, dancing and song displays. I found this to be a creative way to have youths interact with older (wiser) members of the community. It also showed off the hard work parents do to help their children see the value in these activities. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a special trinket.

Other great service activities from last month include the Mountaineers club making Valentine cookies for residents and staff at the Sunshine Gardens home and the Mount Allison Go-Getters sending homemade beef jerky gift packages to our troops overseas.

Finally, I would like to invite everyone out to the Breen Grange on Saturday to support the Mountain Shadows 4-H Club. The club will be hosting a pancake dinner, silent auction and dance. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. or 382-6463. Greg Felsen is La Plata County 4-H youth development agent.