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Grant's House 4-H Mentor Program aims to help children with special needs

Seventy-five 4-H'ers in Tippecanoe County have signed up to become mentors to help five children with special needs exhibit their projects.

Posted: Jul 25, 2018 6:24 PM

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) -- A new mentor program will allow children with special needs to participate in 4-H.

The new Grant's House 4-H Mentor Program is the first of its kind in the state.
It allows 4-H exhibitors to assist 4-H'ers with their projects at the fair.

So far, 75 4-H'ers in Tippecanoe County have signed up to become mentors to help five children with special needs exhibit their projects.

Cooper Gretencord was born with Cerebral Palsy but has been showing animals in 4-H for eight years.

He said he is excited to help show other kids just how much they can do.

"Just me with Cerebral Palsy, and just showing other people that we can do it. Don't back down, you can always figure something out. Never say no," said Gretencord.

The program was created by 18 year-old Cooper House.

House said he loves seeing the kids get the most out of their 4-H experience.

"I wanted kids to help kids out and lean on each other and have them compete in over 70 projects in an inclusive manner," said House.

To find out more about Grant's House, click here.

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