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The Marshall County Commission recognized Alabama Extension
professionals for their outstanding service to the county’s 4-H program May 25.
The county received the Crystal Clover, which recognizes Marshall County as a
4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County.
As Alabama Extension
Director Dr. Gary Lemme presented the
award and medals to the 4-H Team, Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said the
Commission was proud of the work 4-H is doing and to “keep up the good work.”
Eddie Wheeler, county Extension coordinator for
Marshall County, said “The Marshall County 4-H team did not get to this point
by ourselves. This designation as a 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative County is
the result of a lot of hard work and dedication to 4-H.” “We are appreciative
for the support and contributions of our partners. Marshall County 4-H is
strong because of the support of our partners,” he said.
Marshall County is one of 22 counties in Alabama
designated as a CYI county.
In addition to the award of CYI county status, the
county will be assigned a full-time 4-H Club Foundation regional agent. The funding
of this agent is provided by Alabama Extension and the 4-H Club Foundation.
Lemme said that the Marshall County program has excelled
in forming a unified 4-H team and program, which has helped the staff diversify
its delivery modes to better meet the needs of today's youth. More than 1,000
youth were involved in Marshall County programs last year.
“It’s an honor to work with these Extension
professionals and see firsthand the impact that they are making in the lives of
youth in Alabama,” said Lemme. “They have accomplished a lot, which I am
certain will im
youth for years to come.”
The Centennial Youth Initiative (CYI) is committed to
developing 4-H programs in Alabama to increase access so that more youth can
participate in the program, and to enhance the learning experiences that are
available to youth. The award is based on the following standards of excellence
a unified Alabama 4-H team and program
consistent research-based curriculum resources
delivery modes tailored to today's youth
plan-of-work development and teamwork at all levels
staff and position assignments to support program resources and delivery modes
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