The messages were simple but heartfelt. Fourteen Pershing County 4-H members made picture holders, bracelets, canvas paintings and painted rocks last Monday at the 4-H building. They advised people to ‘be happy’ and ‘smile more.’
Leonna Bianchi started the Arts and Crafts Club in February 2020, a couple of months before Covid hit. On Monday, she and Colby Burke helped the crafters attach refrigerator magnets to some of their projects. Now their art brightens kitchens all over town.
“We had another great craft day. There was a side of dodge ball and overall fun,” Bianchi said. ”I enjoy crafts and art of all forms. The kids love painting.”
Burke took over as the 4-H coordinator in June 2020 amid the full-blown pandemic. She’s been a hands-on leader ever since. She and Bianchi offered the craft day for free to all 4-H members aged five through 18.
They supplied the materials and gave the participants freedom to create whatever they wanted. Mostly they wanted to ‘smile more’ and ‘be happy.’