EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Okay, so they baked a few cookies for themselves. So? Most of Martin Luther King Day was spent busily baking bread for the needy and writing cards for the hospitalized, as the Middlesex County 4-H community once again supported our community. The "Green Titans," a 4-H teen Leadership Group in New Brunswick help to bake and distribute breads - cinnamon apple smelled the best- to Elijah's Promise today as part of their annual effort to bring some hopeful deliciousness to the Soup Kitchen that feeds a great many of Middlesex County's needy.
Though Martin Luther King Day recently has become recognized as a "National Day of Service," 4-H Coordinator Laura Bovitz says that "Cookie Baking Day" is a fifteen-year-long tradition for the youth group: "Kids always come in on their day off and do something good in the process." Recently, though, 4-Hers have offered a "healthier option," instead of cookies.
According to Erin Glynn, a Monroe High School sophomore who has been a member of 4-H for ten years, " We are a big family. We always try to bring a smile and strive to help the community." Glynn has learned a great deal in 4-H, and she plans to develop her skills in college. She plans to become a professional dog handler, trainer, and groomer. As a member of the 4-H Teen Council and Youth Council, she has enjoyed working with the Frisky Paws dog training program.
Members also made Valentines for other kids who will be in St. Peter's Hospital Pediatric Unit this year on the holiday. Glynn says, " We are making cards to bring cheer to those who don't have the resources to enjoy these holidays or whose circumstances keep them from being at home."
The 4-H is also looking forward to the "Breakfast with the Bunnies" event to be held this year on Saturday March 19.