County 4-H clubs selling signs for 911 addresses to raise funds

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JULIE ANDERSON
Marion County 4-H members participating in the exchange trip program are working to raise money by selling 911 rural addresses.



The aluminum signs are 18 inches by six inches with white reflective numbers. They can be placed on mailboxes or posts.



?You can read these better than other signs,? said Marlene Goentzel, a 4-H volunteer from Marion. ?They are just so highly visible at night from either side.?



Goentzel sees a need for the signs not only in rural areas but also in the outlying areas of the cities to help identify the location of homes.



The group began selling the signs in December and has sold almost 100.



The price for a sign is $15.



Goentzel would like to see them sell at least 250 signs. The money will be used to fund their participation in the 4-H exchange program.



Last year, the group participated in a double exchange with a group of youth coming to Marion County and Marion County youth going to North Dakota.



They are still in the process of finding a 4-H group to participate with them in the program.



?It kind of just depends on who is willing to come to Kansas,? Goentzel said.



Currently, 25 youth are involved in the exchange trip in Marion County.



The fund-raiser also serves as a community service project for the group.



Goentzel hopes it will make 4-H a little more visible and will make the community more aware of the good they do.



The amount of money needed depends on the size of the group and how far they travel, but Goentzel would like to raise around $2,500 with the addresses.



Anyone interested in purchasing an address can call Goentzel at 924-5491, Sara Davidson at 382-8842, Phillip Klenda at 785-965-7157 or Cheryl Prieb at 947-2478.

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