By Cynthia Whitty
This summer the Ashland Innovation 4-H Club participated in two major events: the Mercer County 4-H Fair in New Jersey and the Middlesex County 4-H Fair in Westford, Mass.. Local residents and local 4-H club members and their parents attended the fairs.
Ashland club members attended the 102nd Mercer County 4-H Fair at the 130-acre Howell Living History Farm in New Jersey on July 31 and Aug. 1. Members who participated in the 4-H Fair and their project names are Anish Meruva (Project: Automatic Self Water Plant) and Hasini Meruva (Project: Water Meter).
Middlesex County Fair Group with 4-H Educator Pam Lefave (left to right): Sandya Rani Meruva Thirupaiahgari, Venkata Subbaiah Meruva Thirupaiahgari, Bob, Pam LeFave, Viraj Harish, Hasini Meruva, Anish Meruva, and Rupinika Golla. (Photo/supplied)
Club members who participated in the Middlesex County 4-H Fair in Westford, Mass., on August 28 and 29, and their project names are Anish Meruva (Automatic Self Water Plant); Hasini Meruva (Water Meter); Rupinika Golla (ATM Mask); and Viraj Harish (Gutter Clog Sensor).
In addition to displaying their projects, club members had fun with pony and tractor hay rides, archery, a programmable arts workshop, and overnight camping.
Earlier this year, club members participated in community service activities, such as Ashland Community Gardens at Stone Park spring clean-up and the GreenUp Ashland town-wide event. The club adopted Homer Avenue and Park Road as part of GreenUp Ashland’s Adopt-a-Street program.
This fall the Ashland club will prepare and finalize projects to be presented at the Northeast Region Winter Workshop in January 2022. They also plan to conduct an enrollment campaign to encourage more Ashland kids to join.
Club Leaders are Sandya Rani Meruva Thirupaiahgari and Venkata Subbaiah Meruva Thirupaiahgari. Club Mentors are Ramprasad Bodicherla; Sukesh Sabbani, and Krishna Joginpalli.
To join the Ashland Innovation 4-H Club, email VaShon Wallace-Hiltpold, [email protected]
, with the following in the subject line: Need enrollment information for Ashland Innovation 4-H Club.