4-H holiday sale at Walnut Way raises funds, hons skills

By Andrea Waxman
Neighborhood News Service

Washington Du Bois Christian Leadership Academy located at 5226 W. Hampton Avenue held their annual Christmas Party at the Salvation Army Citadel December 21, 2012 at 4129 W. Villard Avenue. (Photo by Cy White)

Walnut Way Conservation Corp. 4-H Club members raised funds and polished business skills during their second annual Christmas ornament and bake sale.

“Developing and practicing communication and customer service skills, helping buyers make selections, wrapping purchases and handling money,” are among the goals of the project, said Genyne Edwards, communications and development consultant at Walnut Way. “It’s also a time for the teens to celebrate [the season] together,” she added.

The ornaments were donated and club members made and sold bakery goods. In addition, they won prizes in a raffle, which they entered with tickets earned for attendance, good behavior and completing projects, Edwards said.

Held at Walnut Way, 2240 N. 17th St., the sale raised $90 for the club, according to JoAnne Sabir, associate director, Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Initiative.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, with more than 6 million members “in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities,” according to the organization’s Web site.

Its mission, to give members opportunities “to learn real-world skills that will prepare them for the challenges of today and tomorrow,” align with the youth program goals of Walnut Way, Sabir said.