Six-year-old Kennedy Clamme loves to read. She is a member of the Blackford County Mini 4-H. Mini 4-H is a program designed to encourage positive development of children, Kindergarten through second grade (though not all counties are able to offer this to all grades). The goal of Mini 4-H is to help young children explore friendships outside of the family; explore the way in which things work; practice both small and large muscle control; and to think about the ways people can work together on projects.

One of these projects involved the youngsters telling about their favorite books, and making costumes of their favorite characters. It also involved following directions, and being interviewed by two retired teachers, Amanda Wolfe and Claudia Lawson. Kennedy did the best job of those involved at following instruction, and being interviewed. She dressed as her favorite character, Penelope, a Tyranosaurus Rex who attends Kindergarten. Penelope is the main character of Clamme’s favorite book, “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins.

There was a book signing by Chicken Soup for the Soul contributing writer, William Clark, at Deja Brew in Hartford City on Tuesday, September 7 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. The author, whose parents and grandparents are from Hartford City, presented Clamme with her reward, a $50.00 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and a copy of Clark’s book, “A Walk on the Sunny Side.” It’s a collection of short stories, seven of which are based in Indiana. Two of these are connected to Hartford City. To date, Clark has published four books.

Following the presentation, Deja Brew owner Gordon Jackson provided a tasty meal for Clamme, her family, and the other Mini 4-H members present. Deja Brew at 1000 West Washington Street serves coffee, hot or cold tea, muffins, and cupcakes. Deja Brew is open from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday, from noon until 5:00 PM on Saturday, and from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Sunday. 

Mini 4-H is for kids from Kindergarten through second grade. It is a free program with no meetings to attend. It is a program for the child to do with an adult or older youth. Mini 4-H members may also exhibit at the 4-H Fair if they would like. Those who would like to enroll in Mini 4-H can do so between October 1, and January 15 online at For more information, contact the Purdue Extension Office of Blackford County at 111 West Washington Street in Hartford City, or by calling (765) 348-3213.

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