4-H: encouraging kids to try new things

Chloe Brodersen with her mostly-complete furniture refinishing project. Photo by Kacey Ginn

erience for a lot of young people. The organization is well-known for helping students learn responsibility and leadership skills, with studies bearing out the correlation 4-H has with academic achievement, civic engagement, and more.

But there’s another simple way 4-H can help young people grow: by encouraging them to try new things.

This may not be a benefit that immediately comes to mind, but it’s one Chloe Brodersen, an incoming high school sophomore, has noticed as she’s submitting her first furniture refinishing project to the Wright County Fair.

Brodersen said she discussed project ideas with her mom, Dayton-Lake 4-H Leader Marcie Brodersen. They were having a hard time coming up with new ideas.

“We were trying to do something a little bigger,” Brodersen said.

Brodersen’s aunt suggested refinishing a child-sized table with two matching chairs a friend of hers was trying to get rid of. Though the set was a bit beat up, Brodersen got to work.

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