4-H youth from Bienville Parish participated in the Leslie Lakes Nursing Home service-learning project.
The goal was for Bienville Parish 4-H youth to visit a local nursing home to bring cheer to the residents. Youth worked with their parents in order to bake goods for the nursing home; they worked with the nursing home facilitators and residents. Youth chose to do this activity because of the large number of retirement centers we have in our area. Youth baked goods at home and individually wrapped them for the residents. They brought goods in a basket and wore aprons to hand out goods. They also created hand puppets at the 4-H office before going to the nursing home.
Youth were able to see and interact with the elderly. They particularly liked an older woman who made porcelain dolls. The youth talked about all the interesting people they had met. They also gained independence and mastery when baking for the event.
They celebrated the success at the local Mexican restaurant after leaving the nursing home. They then had the opportunity to see Governor Bobby Jindal speak at the courthouse. Through reflection, the 4-H'ers decided to change the direction of their annual service-learning project after this event. They enjoyed themselves at the nursing home but thought it was not something they wanted to do on a reoccurring basis.
Youth donated 40 hours on this project and 100 people were served.