The Goodtimes 4-H Club has won a national award in the 27th annual search for the country's best community projects by young Americans. For the past three years, the club has planted flowers and bushes in and around Hayden. That effort earned the club high honors in the Colgate Youth for America campaign.
The announcement was made in New York by young cast members of Beverly Hills 90210, this year's celebrity judging panel for the program which encourages community responsibility in young people.
"Our club chose this project because we saw a need for it to be done and the work it involved could be done by the wide range of ages of our members," Goodtimes Club President Tucker Louthan said. "It is at least a full day's work each year, but we enjoy it."
Each year, the club plants flowers near the north entrance to the Hayden Cemetery and in the rear of the Haven, a senior-assisted living center in Hayden.
The club also adopted the Hayden Pioneer Cemetery, a historical cemetery east of Hayden. There club members clean, mow and rake the grass each summer. They have also begun to plant bushes to dress it up.
For its efforts, the Goodtimes 4-H Club won a $100 fourth-place prize in the 27th annual Colgate Youth for America campaign.
Members of six national youth organizations (Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Camp Fire Girls Inc., 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs) are invited to enter their best community service projects in each of the organizations.
To date, the Colgate-Palmolive Company has awarded more than $5.5 million to America's young people through "Youth for America." The program has been honored by the White House under five different administrations, has received a Freedom Foundation Award and is praised each year by members of Congress and countless governors and mayors throughout the nation.
"Youth for America puts special young people in the spotlight for their positive efforts towards improving their world," the program's Executive Director, Jennifer Marcus Barbara, said. "It recognizes and rewards their creative solutions to the problems in their communities. Hopefully, it also inspires others to follow their lead and get involved in service programs in their hometowns."