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Whiteside County Master Gardeners had the opportunity to learn how to construct terrariums from Roger
Meiers, owner of K & R Greenhouse in Morrison. Roger explained the basics of terrariums; including care and needs and then the Master Gardeners enjoyed creating their own terrarium from a variety of plants and medias.


    Opportunities like this are available to Master Gardeners. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, you may want to attend our next Master Gardener training. We will be offering Master Gardener training starting August 2020. Sessions will meet every Tuesday from 9AM—3:30, through November. For more information contact Mary Nelson at 815/632-3611.


Picture Roger Meiers, owner of K & R Greenhouse showing Whiteside Master Gardeners how to
create a terrarium.
 
4-H Teens Bring Digital Skills to Lee County


The FCC has found that more than 24 million people living in the U.S., including 19 million living in rural
communities, do not have access to broadband internet, an essential service in today’s economy.

 

The average need for digital skills across 545 occupations rose 57% between 2002 and 2016 according to research led by the Brookings Institute. To help close the connectivity and digital skills gap, National 4-H Council and Microsoft’s 4-H Tech Changemaker program is empowering 4-H teens in 91 communities across 15 states to lead digital skills trainings, teach the value of digital tools, as well as find technological solutions to real world problems.


In Lee County, the local teen leaders will work with Lee County 4-H, community members, and Microsoft to
identify the most needed digital skills in their communities and develop targeted digital skills trainings. The training sessions will cover key topics from online safety to computer basics and device training throughout the winter.


The Digital Ambassadors are excited to bring a series of trainings to adults of all ages on the following dates:


December 3, 10, 17, January 21, 28, and February 4.

 

Trainings will take place at the Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W 2nd St, Dixon, in the community room from 3-4:30pm each Tuesday. Each training will cover a different topic and will have a short question and answer time built in. Participants are encouraged to register to reserve a seat. You may register by calling the Lee County Extension Office, 815-857-3525, Lee County Council on Aging, 815-288-9236, or by going online at go.illinois.edu/4HDigital


Topics covered include:
Common Problems & Troubleshooting: This session will look at the top problems that happen with your
computer, how to recognize them, and how to fix them.

University of Illinois U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Local Extension Councils Cooperating
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact 815-632-3611.

 
Information Literacy: This lesson shares the importance of knowing how to access and evaluate digital
information. Being able to determine the quality, credibility, and validity of websites and how to use search
strategies to find information are important skills.


Online Shopping: This lesson shares the importance of being safe while shopping online.
Nettiquette, Video and Messaging basics: This lesson provides guidance on etiquette while sharing
information on the internet. This lesson will also teach you how to video chat and message with friends and
family.
Phone/Tablet Basics, Privacy & Security: This lesson shares the importance of crating strong passwords for use in digital environments. This lesson will also give you the chance to learn some important phone/tablet
settings.


Social Media Basics, Parental Roles:

 

This lesson shares the importance of keeping young people safe in digital environments. This lesson will also go over the basics of Facebook and important settings. These training will help the community take advantage of the new opportunities available to them as broadband access reaches their communities. Broadband internet access was made possible by Microsoft’s Airband initiative, which aims to extend broadband to three million Americans living in rural areas by June 2022.


“Digital skills, along with broadband internet access, are critical for bringing economic opportunities to rural
communities and empowering the next generation of local innovators and entrepreneurs,”

said John Smith, New Hampshire state STEM Coordinator.


Parents and individuals seeking more information on how to get involved can reach out to their local 4-H office
at 815-857-3525. Kathy Book, 4-H Program Coordinator, Lee County kbook@illinois.edu


 Picture Digital Ambassador, Kelsey Laird, helped participant, Karen, with her tablet issue. Karen lost
all of her app icons off of her tablet. Kelsey had experienced a similar situation and was able to connect with
Karen and solve her issue quickly! Kelsey also explained to Karen how the problem happened and how to fix it
if it happened in the future.

 

Lee County 4-H’ers receive awards and volunteers recognized at annual recognition event
On November 23, Lee County 4-H members and volunteers gathered at the Lee County 4-H Center. After
Lunch, The Lee County Extension Foundation hosted a silent dessert auction fundraiser to benefit the Lee
County Extension programs. Many delicious items were auctioned off including a pumpkin pie, cookies,
brownies and many more. Proceeds from the auction go towards scholarships given to outstanding 4-H’ers in
Lee County.


The Lee County 4-H Federation group hosted the Achievement portion of the event. Throughout the year, 4-H
members work hard in their clubs, communities, county and state. Achievement night gives 4-H’ers the chance
to be recognized for everything they have done.