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.
4-H Youth Development
Glynn County 4-H had three months of face to face programming that reached 955 5th grade students in monthly meetings, four middle schools, and our regular clubs that included Clover club, Jr./Sr. Council, Gardens for Good, Fit for 4-H, and Art for the Heart.
When face to face meetings were not possible, Glynn 4-H joined the virtual world. Four virtual lessons were created for all Glynn 5th graders. A fifth-grade teacher responded to the lessons in an e-mail “Thanks for doing all of this for our students! It's been a great resource for the students to see the information as either review or an introduction to the standards! When we were virtual last year, the hardest part was creating engaging lessons that could be viewed at any time because the students' schedules were inconsistent, and you guys have knocked it out of the park! Thank you!!”
Club meetings, District Project Achievement and Cotton Boll continued virtually. Glynn joined several other coastal counites and offered a series of four virtual Coastal Adventure programs over the summer that had a strong STEM component. Glynn 4-H’ers were involved in the Teen Ambassador, Teen Leader, and Pollinator programs.
As soon as limited face to face programming was permitted, Glynn 4-H-ers enjoyed events on Jekyll that allowed the children to reconnect with friends and get ready for 2021.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Glynn County agent offered expert advice on a variety of urban agricultural issues through the first half of the year. The agent left the position in June, but Extension’s services did not suffer. The office processed 445 soil samples and 37 water samples for county residents and businesses. Client’s needs were met by requesting pictures of their lawn or plants and forwarding them to Extension specialists. Every client received assistance regardless of staffing or the pandemic.
Family and Consumer Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension specialists, agents and staff assist in addressing real-life issues faced by Georgians of all ages. They provide programs and the latest information on obesity, chronic disease, food and financial insecurity, family stresses, unhealthy housing, food safety and preservation, nutrition and more. To help promote the positive development and safety of preschool, school-aged and adolescent youth, UGA Extension offers resources for parents, caregivers and others. UGA Extension FACS produced videos on timely topics during remote work in 2020. One video for the Read Out Loud Challenge gained a reach of 1.2k and a Handwashing Activity video had a reach of 828. Other videos on topics such as green cleaning and recycling were also produced.
Other health programs managed by UGA include the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These classes teach families how to stretch their food dollars, eat healthier meals and snacks, and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Classes were able to be presented through a virtual format in 2020 to continue spreading health information to county residents in a safe way.