Making A Difference in Our County
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of Extension’s impact in the county over the past year.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Glynn County serves as a destination for tourists and retirees. The UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent provides fact-based information for urban gardeners and landscapers. Soil and water samples, site and workshops are a valuable service to the community. Glynn County relies on the Extension agent for turf and tree expertise.
4-H Youth Development
The Glynn County 4-H Club continues to grow and serve our community. The program currently reaches close to 1,000 fifth-graders in all 10 elementary schools. Meetings are held in all Glynn County middle schools, with an active middle-school club that meets in the office. This year, Glynn County 4-H offered to support our elementary schools by assisting teachers with field trips that supported classes taught by 4-H staff in the classroom. Evaluations from students who were provided both the 4-H lessons and a field trip yielded higher scores than those from students who were not taken on a field trip. The value of 4-H-assisted school field trips appeared beneficial to student understanding of the lesson. Glynn County 4-H offers many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons, which are appreciated by our teachers. A teacher and mentor at Altama Elementary School commented, “I both enjoy and appreciate the Glynn County 4-H program. (They) bring exciting and engaging lessons and activities to our students at Altama that expose them to a wealth of information in all aspects of STEM. Both ladies are very knowledgeable and bring a vibrant energy with every visit!”
Family and Consumer Sciences
Glynn County Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) program provides research-based information on food and nutrition, food safety, food preservation, financial management, housing, positive youth development and healthy relationships to a wide variety of audiences. Glynn County Extension delivers free nutrition education through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP). Federal, state and local resources merge to reach families with children and youth. EFNEP successfully delivers a series of educational nutrition programs, which give participants the opportunity to develop skills, increase knowledge, influence changes in behavior and impact their daily lives. Food demonstrations and taste-testing encourage clients to sample and prepare new foods.