Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
In August 2015, 4-H returned to every fourth- and fifth-grade classroom in Baldwin County public schools. This effort brought the experiential learning of 4-H into school lessons to enrich what the students learn as part of their standards-based instruction. Lessons for the 2015-2016 school year were selected by the 4-H agent and Baldwin County school superintendent to target specific state education standards. Fourth-grade students received instruction in nutrition and health standards, and fifth-grade students received instruction on science standards. These two lesson sets were selected from Georgia 4-H standard lessons. The lessons offered were a diverse, but intended to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning.Enrollment in 4-H programming for fourth- and fifth-grade students improved from 93 students for the 2014-2015 school year to 935 students for the 2015-2016 school year. The inclusion of 4-H in the classroom saw a 905 percent increase in participation. Student involvement in 4-H in school enrichment also went from serving around 10 percent of the fourth- and fifth-grade students in Baldwin County to serving all of those students. The improvement of 4-H engagement through in-school programming may have helped to increase participation in base programming, where summer camp had the largest increase of 240 percent. A survey was given to all teachers who had 4-H offered in their classroom for the 2015-2016 school year. The overwhelming majority of the teachers reported feeling that 4-H in-school lessons benefited the students in preparing for state standardized testing. Teachers were also asked to provide qualitative responses for how 4-H in-school lessons benefited their students. The majority of the respondents stated that they felt the students benefited from the lessons, and that the lessons assisted in promoting the educational standards for the classroom. Teachers also felt that the students thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and were actively engaged in the program each month. One teacher responded that the lesson helped with “my lesson on food chains and the flow of energy! It helped my low-level learners make the connection, which better helped them.” The renewed partnership between Baldwin County Extension 4-H and the Baldwin County School District has brought about involvement of all fourth- and fifth-grade youth in the community. The partnership will continue to focus on strengthening educational programs and growing more opportunities in the future.
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Robbie Jones continues to assist local residents with many questions and concerns through a limited Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) appointment. He works to handle homeowner questions and concerns through in-office consultations. Some of these include lawn care, orchard care, insect control, beekeeping, and herbicide and pesticide use. Our office can also assist residents in finding answers to agriculture-related questions through a network of agents in surrounding counties and state specialists.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
In 2016, Baldwin County Extension had the opportunity to work with Jennine Labuzan-DeLane, UGA SNAP-Ed recruiter out of Athens, Georgia. She has helped with SNAP-Ed Food eTalk programs with the Baldwin County Housing Authority and other local groups to provide SNAP-Ed enrichment programs for the citizens of Baldwin County. These programs are required for participants of the U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP program, and Labuzan-DeLane's assistance has allowed residents in Baldwin County to remain current on their educational requirements.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.