Volunteer shares love of cake decorating with children
4-H children have fun while learning a useful skil
Last Updated: 454 days ago
DENVER - In 1957 Elvis was "All Shook Up". "Gunsmoke" was playing on prime time television. And 7Everyday Hero Helen Sembra started volunteering.
"Cake decorating is not my profession, just a hobby," said Sembra.
A hobby that has been passed along to thousands of eager 4-H members.
"Well, it started when I was three and a half years old," said Sembra.
She is 88 years old today but nothing slows her down giving time to help with 4-H.
"Well, I wasn't gifted with any children of my own and this way I get to work with young people and I enjoy it immensely," said Sembra.
She is a fixture with 4-H members in Adams County and beyond.
"I am with Arapahoe, Castle Rock, I am all over the country. I will be in Yuma, Colorado next month," said Sembra.
"She has been a teacher and taught almost everyone I know how to cake decorate," said student Aleya Park.
"Without the volunteers we would not have a 4-H program," said Connie Cecil, State 4-H youth development specialist.
Sembra has run the cake decorating class every week for 55 years because she knows that 4-H helps shape tomorrow's leaders.
The 4-H motto is: "Making the Best Better." The organization can do that thanks to giving people like Helen Sembra.
"I had a lot of fun. I learned a lot of new things," said student Hunter Israel-Ivy.
"She knows her stuff. She knows how to make everything look perfect. It is cool," said student Melina Michie.
"She is a really nice lady and she really taught us a lot today," said student Megan Podtburg.
To learn more about 4-H go to http://4hcolostate.edu
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