Yadkin and Surry County Cooperative Extension Agents have been recognized as a National Winner for the Search for Excellence in 4-H Programming, for successfully holding a virtual “pollination station” summer fun program for 4-H youth.
Cooperative extension agents developed a three week, self-paced program to teach 4-H youth about multiple facets of pollination that ran from July to August of 2020. Topics of each lesson included pollination, the importance of pollinators, bees and bee keeping, and conservation of pollinator habitats. Lessons were presented through videos and correlating activity books. Each Cooperative Extension office had lesson kits that participants picked up to assist them complete the lesson activities.
With the shut-downs of businesses and schools across the country due to COVID-19, Yadkin and Surry County Cooperative Extension Agents developed an outside-of-the-box solution to continue youth engagement and learning for 4-H youth. In total 16 youth from Yadkin County and 14 youth from Surry County participated in the program. Participants were able to communicate virtually with program instructors, 4-H agents and other classmates. Lessons were developed and taught by Yadkin County Cooperative Extension Agents Hannah Lepsch and Madaline Jones, Surry County Cooperative Extension Agents Joanna Radford and Bailey McGill, Yadkin County Beekeeper Ron Duncan, and Surry County Beekeeper Davie Simmons.
Adjusting in the face of adversity due to COVID-19, Cooperative Extension Agents were able to continue making a positive impact on the youth in Yadkin and Surry counties. This program was offered for free too many families that participated. The Yadkin County 4-H contribution was made possible through donations by the Yadkin County Farm Bureau and Yadkin County United Fund.
For more information on Yadkin County 4-H please call 336-849-7908 or go to https://yadkin.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/4-h-youth-development/