Super Sitter program graduates eight

Sixteen youth, ages 12-14, participated in a 4-H Super Sitter Babysitter Workshop held December 29-30 at the Bamberg Extension Office. The participants learned what qualities a responsible babysitter possesses, how to care for babies and toddlers, how to make snacks, how to handle emergency situations, and how to handle parent surprises.
One of the workshop highlights was making Super Sitter Snacks which included vegetable critters, apple smiles, peanut butter play dough and graham cracker sandwiches. Another fun activity for the youth was making items for the Super Sitter Fun Bag such as wooden spoon dolls, sock puppets, and shakers. Ms. Juanita Murdock, a Bamberg County CERT Volunteer, reviewed first aid and how to handle emergency situations and demonstrated how to clear a blocked airway on an infant. Everyone practiced changing diapers on a doll, cloth and disposable, and the practiced the proper way to burp an infant after feeding. Participants had a chance to put into practice their skills and interact with a real infant, Riley Ulmer, 9 month old daughter of Becca and Denny Ulmer. Toddler Paige Ulmer, age 2, daughter of Wesley and Karissa Ulmer, visited the workshop and tested toys made for the Super Sitter Fun Bag activity. Valerie Moody, a 4-H Teen Leader, shared her babysitting experiences and talked about marketing and how to handle parent surprises. Shakira Grimes, also a teen leader, assisted during the two day workshop.
The twelve hour workshop wrapped up with demonstrations for the parents. Demonstrations included: what to take with you to babysit, how to change diapers, how to feed a baby, playing with a baby, and how to clear a blocked airway. Everyone received a 4-H Certificate of Completion. For more information or a list of participants who are ready to baby sit contact Shannon Herndon at Clemson Extension Office at 245-2661 ext. 111 or email at sbhrndn@clemson.edu.
Participants are: A’keya Johnson, Brice Richardson, Anna Lucas, Reedy DeRienzo, Angela St. John, Savannah Bowers, Makayla Towne, Laura Burckhalter, Teresa St. John, Leslee Yearry, Emmy Hall, Carey Herndon, Alexus Jennings, Karaline Sandifer, Tallie McAlhaney, and Ashleigh Still.
Eleven workshops have taught one hundred and four youth ages 12-15 babysitting basics in Bamberg and Barnwell Counties since the first workshop was held in July 1998.
The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to any youth between the ages of 5-19 regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
For more information about 4-H Child Development Project contact the Clemson Extension Office at 245-2661 ext. 111 or email at sbhrndn@clemson.edu.