When a Catholic School and 4-H Leaders Work Together

by Sister Kathleen on September 6, 2011

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, Sister Kathleen Murphy shares the good news of  a hands-on project involving Mississippi Leflore County 4-H Teen Leaders and St. Francis of Assisi School, Greenwood, MS. Sister Annette Kurey’s images capture the emotions of all the participants.

Teens wishing to take part in the Leflore County 4-H Leadership program must qualify for the experience.  Their leader, Christine Merriweather brought them to St. Francis of Assisi school to do a project with our Kindergarteners.  They chose to create Simba lion pillows since they felt that the students would be familiar with this beloved Disney character. 

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy shares the good news about a partnership between a Catholic School and 4-H future leaders. Photos Sister Annette Kurey

The teens came with fleece and felt pieces all cut and prepared.  They then helped the children one-on-one to tie the fleece edges, stuff and add a face to the pillows. Their leader wanted to observe how they would deal with the stresses and unexpected glitches that can happen in group interaction.  She also wanted to see how each teen would take on a leadership role.   

Listening to the busy hum, it was hard to decide who was enjoying this more–the teens or the kindergarteners.  It was great for the little ones to see teens who were willing to help in the school setting.  Several of the students are entering their lion pillow in the Mississippi State Fair.  The other great outcome is that the 4-H group has asked to return and do another project.  With their positive spirit and their ability to be good role models for our children, we’ll all look forward to seeing them again.

5 thoughts on “When a Catholic School and 4-H Leaders Work Together”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    What a neat project Sister Kathleen!!! The faces of the childern are simply delightful! I remember my 4H days with fond memories as will these young people!

  2. sannette says:

    The children were just a joy to watch as where the 4-H teens. It was a wonderful interactive multi-cultural event. Every one was a winner that day!

  3. Sister Natalie says:

    Thank you for sharing this delightful news and the joy of the students!  The photos do tell it all!  This will be a memorable experience for the children as well as the leaders.  So many lessons were learned in this project!

  4. I, too, was a 4H member. I attempted to sew. I learned to deal with failure and frustration. I still can't sew very well but I have accomplished much in the dealing with failure and frustration department. Thanks for posting this delightful peek into a kindergarten day.

  5. Srosangela says:

    What a great and rewarding opportunity for the 4-H teens and for the children. Learning can be a happy
    event experienced by all. The pictures are precious!!

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