Senior Citizens Needed for 4-H GrandPals Program

The Licking County 4-H GrandPals program is beginning its 15th year. The GrandPals program is a partnership with Cherry Valley Elementary in which fourth grade students are partnered with a senior citizen pen pal (GrandPal) from the community. Students and GrandPals will each write four letters back and forth, with the final letter being given in person at our end-of-the-year celebration. This program helps the students learn writing skills in real-world applications. We are in need of additional GrandPals to ensure that each student has someone to write to. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming a GrandPal, please contact Adrienne at or 740.670.5315. If you are interested, please let Adrienne know by December 6th.

OSU Newark Summer Enrichment Program

Be a Buckeye for a Week!

Registration deadline is June 10, 2019.

Who: Rising 5th-8th grade boys & girls

What: The enrichment program is led by Ohio State Newark faculty and students. The program provides students with opportunities to explore a variety of academic disciplines while performing laboratory experiments, small group activities or assignments in the campus’s state-of-the-art facilities with Ohio State Newark’s world-renowned professors. Students will gain exposure to subject matter that will allow for the development of ideas, opinions, critical thinking skills, knowledge and understanding as they prepare for middle school, high school and their college experience.

Where: The Ohio State University at Newark campus, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.

When: June 17-21, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Please arrive five minutes early. Friday will be a short day with camp ending with a closing ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Parents or guardians are invited to join us for this ceremony where each student will be recognized with a certificate of completion.

Why enroll? The summer enrichment program is tailored for students who want to explore a variety of academic areas in a fun and relaxed environment while learning more about what college will be like. Including this program on a future college application is sure to impress the admissions committee!

Cost: $250 per student due at time of registration (some need-based scholarships available).

More information can be found here.

We Are in Need of GrandPal Participants!

The Licking County 4-H GrandPal or GrandLetters program is looking for senior citizens who are willing to be pen pals with local students. The GrandLetters program was started over ten years ago as a collaboration between 4-H and Cherry Valley Elementary in Newark as a way to teach students letter writing skills. Each student is paired with a senior citizen pen pal (GrandPal) with whom they will write letters back and forth. The program starts mid-December and runs through mid-May. Participants would need to be able to write a total of four letters between December and May, with the final letter being swapped in person at our end-of-the-year reception. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Adrienne Anderson: or 740.670.5315.