UGA Extension Office

Our Impact

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 Pulaski County over the past year.

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Due to the pandemic, the Pulaski Extension Office was closed to the public on March 19, 2020, and did not reopen until August 10, 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.  

In response to the pandemic the Pulaski County Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Jay Porter, transitioned to electronic communication and contactless site visits. Weekly updates were sent to area farmers via email, and 195 contactless or socially distanced site visits conducted. Additionally, 543 soil samples and 35 water tests were analyzed.

4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Pulaski County 4-H provides many opportunities for youth to learn and grow throughout the year with a commitment to inspire young people to learn by doing, to grow from failure and successes, and to develop essential life skills through positive youth development. 4-H Agent, Sonya Jones, and staff learned, adapted, and created numerous ways for youth and families to have opportunities to learn and grow even through the pandemic shelter-in-place and social distancing protocols. Pulaski 4-H offered virtual or pick-up options that were created in March through July on social media and beyond for youth to stay active and involved with 4-H. Plushies on Parade, R.E.A.L. STEM (Ready to Engage Actively in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Challenge of the Day every Tuesday & Thursday, Healthy Living Resources/Activities on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday of each week, W.I.L.D. (Willingly Initiates Learning Differently) every Wednesday, Zoom with Pulaski F.O.U.R’ H (Focusing on Our Unique Resources to Help) where high school Sigma Lambda Chi Officers taught others about varying areas of interest (5 sessions on the 4th day of the week at 4 pm), Pulaski Proud: a 7 State Virtual Exchange with States that have Pulaski Counties (a 7 week program where each state showcased their local 4-H programs, provided a national platform for youth to present on their respective 4-H areas, and created a foundation for networking), Pulaski Pick-Up Projects where 20-25 packets were placed outside the 4-H Office weekly for youth to actively engage in activities with their families in June, Fairy Tale STEM Pick-up Packets in July with weekly Facebook Live or videos to accompany the activities, NAIL’D It Zoom Sessions (Pulaski 4-H Agent taught the Blast off with Rockets lesson) & promoted weekly to local youth, New York & Georgia Virtual Exchange Zoom (1 session in June to talk about 4-H programming similarities & differences), Blessing Box community service in July, virtual State Congress with 1 participant that placed 2nd, two state officers were elected from Pulaski County, two Pulaski 4-H’ers were trained as Georgia 4-H Ambassadors in Healthy Living & STEM, in-school club meetings started in September for 4th-8th grade (seeing over 500 youth monthly), virtual Cotton Boll & Consumer Judging practices, new H.E.R.O.E.S (Helping Everyone to Recognize in Others Extraordinary Skills) program for 4th & 5th grade special education classes that focuses on inclusion and diversity alongside Healthy Living & STEM activities, October virtual Cloverleaf Project Achievement where all nine 4th-6th grade 4-H’ers placed 1st or 2nd in their respective projects, November Blessing Box donations (over 1,000 canned goods/nonperishable items were donated), and the December Ronald McDonald House & Children’s Hospital donations (over $200 of needed items were donated). Although 4-H has looked a little different in 2020, Pulaski 4-H continued to afford opportunities for youth to continue “to make the best better” and learn and grow alongside caring adults virtually and with socially distanced face-to-face programming.

Zoom with Pulaski F.O.U.R’ H: 5 sessions, 43 participants total
Pulaski Proud: 7 State Virtual Exchange: 7 sessions, 119 participants total
Pulaski Pick-Up Projects: 5 weeks, 105 participants total
Fairy Tale STEM Pick-up Packets: 4 weeks, 100 participants total, social media direct engagement 170 and 1.6K+ views for 4 videos
4-H NAIL’D IT (Rocket Lesson Only) Zoom: 1 session, 28 participants, social media direct engagement 274 andcirculation 1,106
New York & Georgia Virtual Exchange: 1 session, 15 people
REAL STEM: 25 unique works, social media direct engagement 214 and circulation 3,970
Healthy Living: 33 unique works, social media direct engagement 336 and circulation 3,940

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