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4-H student hosts potluck for Helena Police Department

Posted at 6:12 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 20:16:36-04

HELENA — A 4-H Ambassador hosted their own Appreciation Potluck for members of Helena Police Department.

The event was held at HPD Tuesday morning.

Claire Downing, 16, a sophomore at Helena High School, created her own service project for the Police Department as part of her service project for 4-H this year.

April is “Service Month” for 4-H and Downing provided a baked potato buffet for Police Officers.

All donations for the potluck collected from were businesses like Safeway, among others in support, in support for the Helena Police Department.

There was an assortment of goodies, ranging from homemade cookies to lemonade; along with every topping one could stuff into a baked potato.

Downing has been a part of 4-H since she was six-years-old and is a senior member now in 4-H.

Downing told MTN that she holds a special place for police officers and feels it is extremely important to get more youth involved in community activities.

After the potluck began, Downing stated, “April is our month of service in 4-H. I wanted to plan my own service project this year because I’ve participated in other service projects across the state in 4-H, and this year I really wanted to do my own, and I’ve wanted to be a police officer ever since I was a little girl and so I just thought it was fitting, that I don’t think the people who protect our community get recognized enough and so I just wanted to give them an appreciation potluck for everything they do.”

For more information on how to be involved in 4-H, please visit:4-h