This spring good things will be growing at Diller-Odell Elementary School and on Diller’s Main Street thanks to the vision of two 4-H projects that are recipients of the initial Youth Philanthropy Contest grants of $500 each.
As contest sponsor, the Diller Community Foundation Fund hopes to promote a climate of philanthropy among young people in their community. Youth leadership and service learning are other results the contest hopes to foster.  
Ashtyn Humpheys will set up a vertical garden in each Diller-Odell elementary classroom to explain gardening, its benefits, and encourage students to plant their own gardens.  She plans to use this activity to complete her Diamond Clover 4-H project.
Members of the Happy Harbiners 4-H Club will share their time and talents to beautify downtown Diller during the spring and summer.  The 25 club members will prepare and fill Main Street planters right before graduation.
Each project will be assigned a mentor to guide the youth with budgeting and implementation.  This new contest offered four grants and was for youth ages Kindergarten – 22 years. The Diller Youth Philanthropy Contest will be an annual opportunity for young people to help their community and school change and grow.