Cornell Cooperative Extension of the Chautauqua County Science, Technology Opportunities for Rural Youth (STORY) program, in partnership with local libraries, offers several new programming opportunities.
Chautauqua County has provided programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, programming has included in-person Mars exploration classes and an in-person vermicomposting class. 4-H Youth Educator Molly Brown was able to deliver an eight-week in-person STEM program at Samuel G. Love Elementary School in Jamestown.
In March and April, 19 Chautauqua County schools and 2,500 students participated in New York State Farm Literacy Week. Two of the participating schools hosted an in-person reading of this year’s book, Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother), written by Viola Butler. The other 17 schools that did not have in-person reading were able to participate in a virtual reading by Richard Ball, state agriculture commissioner, with virtual farm tours and videos to connect county youth from Chautauqua to the dairy industry.
The summer programming is fully in effect. 4-H and local public libraries are teaming up to offer a summer reading program called, “Tails and tales.” Library programming will include vermicomposting and bat boxes. Young people will learn and see all about breeding worms and how to have a home worm farm. Young people will also learn about the conservation, habits, benefits and importance of worms and bats in the ecosystem and how they affect our food system. Each program will offer research-based training and take-home opportunities. Participating libraries so far include the James Prendergast Library, the Lakewood Memorial Library, and the Clymer-French Creek Free Library.
Additional STEM programming this summer will include partnerships with JCC Kids College, Chautauqua Institution, Clymer Central School Summer Program, and 4-H Leaf Jr.
To learn more about the 4-H youth development programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/Chautauqua or call 664-9502, ext. 214.