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
It is vitally important in today’s technologically advanced society that people understand how to use messages to generate meaning with various contexts, cultures and media. Oral communication is a prerequisite for academic, personal and professional success. While youth can vocalize thoughts, the knowledge to construct those thoughts through effective communication has been a basic component of the 4-H program since its earliest days. Competent communication skills can help lead youth to meeting the mission of 4-H as self-productive and contributing citizens.
Henry County 4-H staff conducted monthly educational instruction in 126 fifth grade classrooms for 2,790 students. One of the subjects was Exploring Communication - Stepping into a Demonstration. In the months following this program, fifth grade students presented an illustrated speech in their classroom in front of their peers. Fifth through twelfth grade students are given the opportunity to create and present a speech about a topic they are interested in. Henry County 4-H staff holds an annual County Project Achievement that allow fifth and sixth students compete with other students outside of their school. Those who place first through fourth move on to the District Project Achievement and compete against other students in their age range. At Cloverleaf DPA 2020, Henry County 4-H won two awards, "Highest Percentage of Winners" and "Outstanding Participation".
- 3,000 4-Her's participated
- Over 1,000 Volunteer Hours
- 130 Fifth grade students participated in County Project Achievement
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Provide research-based information in the area of agriculture and natural resources to all residents. Educational programming is developed and designed to assist individuals in making sound economical environmental decisions that affects everyday life.
Due to the pandemic, our county office was closed to the public on March 16, 2020 and did not reopen until May 18, 2020. This caused us to approach our mission from a different viewpoint. Actions were taken to deliver our services to our clientele as seamless as possible and we were successful.
Despite the pandemic the Henry County Agriculture and Natural Resources area was able to conduct 37 Adult educational programs reaching 476 participants. 51 events reached 7,732 participants, while 367 soil test and 33 water test were completed.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
While COVID19 did cause some setbacks in several areas of our mission, we were still able to maintain uninterrupted service to our clientele. Phone assistance was maintained, with over 80 callers helped while the office was closed. All 1,200 geraniums were sold by May 28 immediately following the reopening of the office.
High school students who ordinarily received ServSafe trainings as a course completion requirement were connected with a free online program offered by ServSafe. Henry County Extension worked with high school teachers to promote ServSafe Food Handler training resulting over 50 students completing food safety program.
As a result, through social media, clientele gained knowledge through our Garden Delight TV Show, meal preparation, food safety, grocery shopping and even cooking with Herbs/Spices with over 4,000 viewers.
- 30,000 viewers for our Garden Delights TV Show
- 61 Child Care Providers
- 56 ServSafe (Food Safety Program) participants