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 COMPETITION AND HONORS
In 2016, more than 400 students were enrolled in the Crawford County 4-H program. This program consists of 17 monthly 4-H club meetings, including in-school and after-school programs. A new community homeschool club was established, as well as six fourth-grade in-school clubs. Every year, 4-H’ers look forward to the opportunity to travel to 4-H camp. Several Crawford County 4-H’ers journeyed from the mountains to the sea to attend one of Georgia 4-H’s diverse summer camps. Thirteen fifth- through 12th-graderscompeted in District Project Achievement, a popular 4-H speaking competition. Students compete with a prepared speech, demonstration and poster visuals in front of their peers. This competition teaches students important public speaking and research skills that they will use for many years to come. Three 4-H’ers participated in the regional Poultry Judging Competition. Eighteen 4-H’ers exhibited and competed at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia. There were 10 entries that placed in the top five in their respective areas. The 4-H program hosted their annual rabies vaccination clinic. This clinic serves as a fundraiser for the 4-H club and is an important community service project. Crawford County collected 220 pounds of pop tabs to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. This donation was the highest per capita donation in the Northwest District. Junior and Senior 4-H’ers also donated their time and talents during the holiday season at various community events, including the Old Fashioned Christmas in Roberta festival.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
The Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Cooperative Extension program provides educational services in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development and community development. Millicent Price is the FVSU Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Crawford County. Some of the programs that are offered in her area include workforce preparation, money management and budgeting, computer training, food and nutrition education, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), positive youth development, food safety, nutritional and health awareness for children and parenting. FVSU Extension administers EFNEP. It focuses on teaching healthy eating on a budget. Families learn how to stretch their food dollars, eat healthier meals and snacks, and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Crawford County Extension office also promotes healthy lifestyles through the Having Fun with Personal and Dental Hygiene program. This program teaches children the proper way to care for their bodies, emphasizing that proper hand-washing can help decrease the amount of germs that are spread.