The Limestone County Commission recognized Alabama Extension
professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H
and the county was awarded the status of being a 4-H Centennial Youth
Initiative County March 30.
Brown, Alabama Extension associate director, presented the County
Commission Chairman and Limestone County Extension Coordinator Chris Becker with
a Crystal Clover and medallions of excellence to each person on the 4-H team.
Limestone County is one of 22 Alabama counties recognized with
“Our goal is
to help every county earn the Centennial Youth Initiative designation and to
have a full-time agent working in every county,” Brown added.
“Our program is as strong as it is because of community
support and the support of our commissioners,” said Becker.
That sentiment was echoed by Brown. He pointed out that more
than 1,200 children in Limestone County are enrolled in a variety of 4-H
In addition to the
designation as a Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) county, Limestone County was
assigned a new full-time 4-H Foundation regional agent, Chloe Wilson. The
Hartselle native and Samford University graduate began working at the Limestone
County office in Athens March 1. Funding for the new agent is provided by
Alabama Extension and the Alabama 4-H Foundation.
Dr. Gary Lemme, director of Alabama Extension, said the
dedication that these Extension professionals have shown when working with 4-H
in Calhoun County is very impressive.” “They have accomplished a lot and fully
exemplify the standards of excellence that are set out for this award.”
The CYI program is committed to developing 4-H programs in
order to increase access so that more youth can participate in the program, and
to enhance the learning experiences that are available to youth in Alabama. The
award is based on the following standards of excellence in Alabama 4-H
a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
consistent research-based curriculum resources
delivery modes tailored to today's yout
plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes
Two Limestone County senior 4-H’ers spoke about the
opportunities they received through 4-H. Rebekah Wood, a home-schooled student
and Austin Lewter, a senior at Tanner High School, both praised 4-H and its
administrators and thanked them for helping provide leadership and community
service opportunities to them and other youths in the county.
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