What you need: Light blue or white pipe cleaners Scissors Glass jar Pencil Boiling water Borax What to do: Twist pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. We made a very simple shape, but encourage older children to create a more complicated design. Wrap a pencil perpendicular to one of the extending pipe cleaners. Trim all pipe… Continue reading.
Youth Programs and Activities
Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Electric Consumer and our statewide association, offer several programs benefitting the youth of our state.
Electric Consumer also features special activities each month in our magazine geared toward our younger readers through our PowerKids page. Check out some of the projects here.
Celebrate National Thank a Mail Carrier Day on Feb. 4! On this holiday, write a thank you note to the person who delivers mail to your mailbox six days a week. Place your note in your mailbox. Then raise the red “flag” on the side of the mailbox to alert your mail carrier that there’s… Continue reading.
What you need: Craft glue or a low-temperature hot glue gun Two white pom poms (We used a 1.5-inch and a 2.5-inch pom pom for each snowman.) Assorted beads One pipe cleaner Twigs What to do: Glue the smaller pom pom on top of the larger pom pom. Decorate your snowman with glue and assorted beads for eyes, a nose and… Continue reading.
From cooking in a nursing home kitchen to ringing a Salvation Army bell, from helping a Habitat for Humanity home project to collecting pillowcases which will be turned into clothing to helping mark a community trail, this year’s group of Youth Power & Hope Awards winners serve all walks. From the edges of the state… Continue reading.
Since Veterans Day was first observed as Armistice Day in 1919, Americans have remembered poppies blooming on the worst battlefields in World War I. These poppies have since become a national symbol of remembrance. Wearing or displaying poppies honors veterans who died while serving. Poppies are traditionally worn on Memorial Day, but can be worn… Continue reading.
The 16th edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art featured artwork created during the 2012-13 school year. The contest was judged in spring 2013. Over 2,300 pieces of art were submitted for the contest. The Best of Show was 12th Grade/December winner Mikala Greenlee who became the contest’s first two-time Artist of the Year…. Continue reading.
The 17th edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art featured artwork created during the 2013-14 school year. The contest was judged in spring 2014. Almost 1,900 pieces of art were submitted for the contest. The Best of Show was 12th Grade/December winner Aika Chen. GO TO CALENDAR OF STUDENT ART 2014 GO TO CALENDAR OF… Continue reading.
The 18th edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art celebrated Indiana’s Bicentennial: 1816-2016. For this contest, students were asked to depict the month assigned to their respective grade along with an added dimension of Indiana history, culture, events, places or people. The calendar received the official endorsement as a “Legacy Project” by the Indiana… Continue reading.
The 19th edition of the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art featured artwork created during the 2015-16 school year. The contest was judged in spring 2016. Almost 3,200 pieces of art were submitted for the contest. (See story from May 2016.) The Best of Show was 10th Grade/October winner Attie Schuler. GO TO CALENDAR OF STUDENT… Continue reading.
Celebrate Halloween and electrical safety by creating your own Willie Wiredhand pumpkin. Download a stencil of Willie’s face, so you can carve or paint your pumpkin to look just like him! What you need: 1 tall pumpkin 1 sharp, serrated knife 1 large spoon or pumpkin scooper 1 Willie Wiredhand stencil 1 pair of… Continue reading.
What you need: 1 large piece of paper at least the width of your wingspan (in other words when your arms are outstretched). Bulletin board paper or the reverse side of wrapping paper works great! We used paper that was 4 feet across. 1 pencil Colored markers or crayons Scissors Large envelope (if mailing) What to… Continue reading.
What you need: 1 pencil 1 removable pencil eraser 1 hot glue gun and glue 1 (1-inch) pom pom 1 pipe cleaner 1 pair of scissors Googly eye(s) What to do: Place a removable pencil eraser on a pencil. Using a low-temperature hot glue gun, apply glue to one side of removable pencil eraser. Quickly press and hold… Continue reading.
One of the seven cooperative principles electric cooperatives and all cooperative businesses adhere to is “Commitment to Community.” The principle also is underscored in gold as one of the four core values of all Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. Nowhere does community commitment and giving back play out more than with the cooperative commitment to the young… Continue reading.