It’s funny, the things kids say. And sometimes it is just those statements that make you think.

I’ve been covering the issue of Carroll County losing/not losing its extension office for over a year now.

As my niece enters her second year of 4-H, she said something that touched my heart one evening.

My brother and I were discussing Carroll County losing its 4-H program and we wondered what the youth were going to do. We discussed how the program is great for all youth and how it tries to involves kids from all walks of life.

I didn’t think my niece was listening, but then she piped up, “Toots (yes, that my nickname at home), why can’t they raise the money they need?”

I said well, it’s not that easy of a task.

This conversation was, of course, before the announcement came that a donor would supply a cell phone, travel expenses and the money for office help, and the Soil and Water Conservation District would provide the office.

I explained the senior fair board was trying to come up with a plan so the kids could show their animals, but it was difficult process.

Then my niece said it all.

“I guess I’m lucky. Those kids must not have an Aunt Toots or Mimi that will help them raise the money.”

I looked at her and wanted to tear up.

She was right. She knows her family will support her so she can be in 4-H just like the many families in Carroll County.

For her, it was that easy. She would raise the money somehow to be in 4-H.

Of course, she is just 11, but the sentiment is really easy to understand. The kids love 4-H. They love the camaraderie and the competition.

However, as adults in the real world, we know as adults it’s not really that easy when attempting to run a program or an OSU Extension office.

Or at least that’s what many thought. I’ve heard the negative tones tossed about that the county would never raise the $25,000 they needed to bring the extension educator back to the county after the office closed in August.

On the other hand, I heard the positive attitudes loud and clear. The levy may have gone down in November, but the hope was not diminished the program would return.

Just as in almost everything, a team gathered with a purpose. It was to raise $25,000 within three weeks. The team scored, and for that, they deserve a round of applause.

For them it was that easy. They would raise the money somehow to have a 4-H program in Carroll County.

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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