This past year, the Valley Workers 4-H Club worked very hard to do a club livestock project that would benefit Roswell's Cancer Research. They wanted money earned from this project to be in the name of the former organizational leader, Melanie Kasprzak.
Their beloved club leader passed away a few years ago and they wanted to do something extra special to honor her while also helping others with lung cancer. Since they all have experience raising livestock projects, they decided that the best way to honor Melanie was to do what they did best, raise a swine as a club livestock project, one that would Melanie would have been proud of.
Over numerous years, Melanie Kasprzak had helped all these 4-Hers learn to do their projects with a lot of hard work, patience, and the 4-H values. She could be seen at every county fair helping but not doing their projects. The Valley Workers 4-H Club is very large but she always seemed to find time for all her 4-H members. If there were a project they wanted to try, she would find just the right parent or volunteer so they could bring the best project to county fair. Their club has always shown pride and respect for all the Cattaraugus County 4-H members and helping others as Melanie had taught them.
Pictured is the Valley Workers 4-H Club.
The club raised the best blue ribbon swine for the market sale, called everyone they knew to bid at the 4-H Market Sale auction and they raised more than $1,400 for the Roswell's Cancer Research. Their hard work paid off and they were very proud to present a check to Roswell in early December. They would like to thank everyone who made their project a reality and they hope this will encourage other 4-H Clubs and county youth to help in their own community.
The Valley Workers 4-H Club is overseen by the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.