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Club Spotlight -- New Prague Boosters

Each year Scott County 4-H clubs participate in community service projects where youth work to make the communities they live in a better place.

The Valentine's Day Dance, held in New Prague, has been held for the last 11 years and has roots dating back to the 1980s with three of the families still belonging to the club today.

The New Prague Boosters 4-H Club holds this dance for persons with developmental disabilities and in collaboration with another non-profit organization, Magnifying Abilities.  There are approximately 120 participants each year.  During the dance, aside from mingling with the dance goers, the New Prague Boosters 4-Hers put on activities such as bingo, carnival games, face painting, and tattoos; as well as hiring the DJ -- because what's a dance without music?!  There is also a picture booth and the guests take home photos that are printed on site of themselves and their friends.

This Valentine's Day Dance has provided attendees the opportunity to engage with our Scott County 4-H youth, as well as allowing our youth to help serve an underrepresented community in the county.  Participants eagerly await this event every year.  Here are a few comments from people who were in attendance:  "The highlight of the night is always dancing with the guests and getting to know them"; "As a parent, it is very important to me that our kids learn to do service and this is a great event to teach them to serve others"; "Our club members always mention that this is the favorite event our club does throughout the year".


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