July 3, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 153

4-H helps kids celebrate Fourth of July

BESSEMER— Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H offered a Science Blast for local children Monday afternoon at Bluff View Park in Bessemer.

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New 4-H coordinator Emily McGrath enjoys the ‘Science Blast’ Tuesday at Bluff View Park in Bessemer.

Children took part in six activity stations: creating lava lamps, “chicken clucker,” making catapults, crazy putty and judging age of trees by their rings. Children were credited for attending each station, and then were eligible for a prize after completing a survey.

Emily McGrath, new 4-H coordinator, said this was her first big event with 4-H. McGrath is from Marquette, where she studied at Northern Michigan University before working for the YMCA.

“4-H is a great way to expand horizons,” McGrath said. She hopes to start new clubs for youth interested in outdoor recreation. 4-H will be at Festival Ironwood later this month, this time focusing more on games rather than science.

The club is always looking for volunteers, said McGrath. For more information, call MSU-Extension at 906-663-4045.