I've often heard working in cooperative extension is a bit like working in church missions, because you're in it to serve others.
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This week 4-H'ers taught each other about our Cotton Bowl and Consumer Jamboree topics: sleeping bags, student credit cards, energy bars and pajama pants.
In 1904, local educators G.C. Adams and P.D. Johnson had no idea their efforts to educate boys about the latest research in corn would turn into something as big as 4-H.
Middle and high school 4-H'ers in Newton County are members of Sigma Lambda Chi 4-H.
"It doesn't really seem like science," says 4-H'er Sarah Heft of her observations at a local veterinary clinic.
The heat and humidity on this southern Friday night are evident in the sweat rolling down the faces of competitors and observers.
Take a look at your hands. Don't forget to check between the fingers and around those fingernails.
Gwinnett County Fair
Middle and high school 4-H'ers trained 114 5th grade 4-H officers on Tuesday.
They taught how to follow the meeting order and what each officer's role involves.
If you don't know a bagworm from fall webworm, call a 4-H'er.
If any photograph is supposed to be worth a thousand words, Laura Greenich's portraits and scenes must be an entire book chapter.
Last week I discussed how it seems we never visit local places, even though they're often inexpensive and require little travel.
I have had the incredible opportunity to explore the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Can., this week on vacation.
I can't believe we now have 24 public schools in Newton County, counting the theme, alternative and charter schools.
It makes it tough to figure out how to deliver 4-H to every student, but we're up for the challenge.
Does one monkey stop the show?
Since 1966, Dr. Bo Ryles has been a 4-H'er, camp counselor, program assistant, 4-H agent, district agent, specialist and, most recently, our state 4-H leader.
She peers intently through safety glasses at the tiny plastic tube in her gloves and carefully drips a thick, chocolate-looking substance inside until it reaches the brim.
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