In 4‑H programs, kids complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

The 4‑H program believes in the power of young people and sees that each child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us.

Iowa 4-H Website

At Bennett Elementary, we offer students in grades 3-6 the opportunity to participate in Band. Students work with our band instructor to choose an instrument that fits them well. Band students meet as a group as well as individually for lessons each week throughout the school year. The Elementary Band is featured in our Winter and Spring programs.

Cedar County Naturalist, Ms. Sarah, visits classrooms regularly to educate our students about wildlife and conservation through interactive indoor and outdoor activities.

Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program specifically designed for children in kindergarten through third grade. The overall purpose of the Iowa 4-H Clover Kids program is to foster the development of life skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of kindergarten through third graders by providing a unique, age-appropriate educational opportunity.

For more information, please contact your local ISU Extension & Outreach Office.

Coding is becoming so important in today’s society. We at Bennett Community Schools want to prepare our students for this. Children in grades 4-6 are using to learn the basics of coding while playing and designing fun, interactive games. 

We invite family members, community and friends to our school each month to share a meal with our students. Our dedicated cooks prepare each menu that follows themes throughout the school year! Our meals are supplemented by the produce grown in our school garden.

Each class has a weekly scheduled library visit. During this time students participate in a variety of activities, including story time, research, study time, and checkout of books for their personal reading. Students also participate in the Goldfinch and Iowa Children's Choice award programs. Students are encouraged to listen to or read as many books as possible from these annual lists and then vote for their favorites.

STEAM night is held in the spring. It encompasses science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. Students lead several stations of make-and-take activities for parents and young children to participate in. The students will learn not only to know how to make the activity work but also why the activity works. They become a teacher of that topic for the night. Also during this night, we celebrate all the work the students have done during art class by holding an art show throughout the hallways of the school.

In a joint effort with the Cedar County Extension, children learn about the different areas of STEM through engaging activities. Teresa Bolhman teaches the students in grades K-5 on STEM topics once a month during their science time.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at Bennett includes activities that go cross-curricular over multiple subject areas. These activities have included exploring shadows, making bee pollinators, making and flying rockets, designing zoos, making animal corridors, and making solar houses, among other activities.