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Murray County 4-H Tech Changemakers gather for a photo before an informational session in 2019. CAES News
4-H Tech Changemakers
With increased electronic communication leaving many members of older generations behind, a partnership between the Microsoft Corporation and the National 4-H Council has mobilized an energized group of 4-H Technology Changemakers to help provide resources and training to level the playing field.
UGA child development specialist Diane Bales encourages parents to have their kids practice wearing a mask or face covering prior to the start of the school year. CAES News
Mask Tips
If you’re anxious about your child wearing a face covering this fall, you’re not alone.
Parents can help lessen their kids' anxiety about returning to school by talking with them about their concerns and reassuring them that it's normal to be both nervous and excited. Finding out as much as you can about their daily schedules and routines in advance also can help give them more confidence, said UGA child development specialist Diane Bales. CAES News
Preparing for Unknowns
First-day jitters are common, but students returning to school this year during the COVID-19 pandemic will face all sorts of unknowns that could lead to heightened anxiety.
When a weather emergency is expected, shoppers rush out and stock up on milk and bread. But what happens if the electricity goes off for days and the milk spoils, or after the loaf of bread runs out? University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say having at least a three-day supply of shelf-stable food will give you a little peace of mind when it comes to feeding your family during a storm. CAES News
Dairy Nutrition
Widespread school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have raised concerns about students’ lack of access to milk.
Two new staff members, both Talbot County natives, have joined the staff of the local UGA Extension office in Talbot County. Erica Chaney (left) is the EFNEP program assistant and Shamona Willis is the county Extension 4-H educator. CAES News
Talbot Team
Erica Chaney and Shamona Willis, both Talbot County natives, have joined the staff of the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office in that county. Chaney is the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) program assistant and Willis is the county Extension 4-H educator.
Fayette County UGA Extension Coordinator Kim Toal, Georgia Commissioner of Public Health Kathleen E. Toomey, Fayette County School Nutrition Director Kokeeta Wilder, Georgia Early Care and Learning Commissioner Amy Jacobs, Georgia Organics Board Chairman Joe Reynolds, and UGA Extension County Operations Director Michael J. Martin celebrate Fayette County Public Schools' Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award at Georgia Organics 2019 Golden Radish Awards in Atlanta. CAES News
Golden Radish
Over the past two decades, Fayette County lost about 40% of its farmland. Many residents have lost their connection to agriculture and have little understanding about where their food comes from.
Echols County 4-H'er Brent Mashburn works on his team's ROV during Georgia 4-H's HughesNet Tech Takeover Day in June. Two of his team-mates, Brooks County 4-H'ers Chris Spires and Jack Perry, wait to try out the robots modifications. CAES News
College Pound
College acceptance is not typically at the top of a middle school student’s to-do list, but preparation for higher education should begin somewhere between after-school practice and math homework at this age.
University of Georgia Extension experts say that you should wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm soap and water to effectively clean them. Hand sanitizer is not a replacement for hand-washing. Sanitizer can be used in the event that soap and water are not available, but soap and water are always the best choice for hand-washing. CAES News
Handwashing Tips
Back to school for Georgia students means reuniting with friends, reminiscing about summer and, unfortunately, sharing germs that could lead to various illnesses.
Warren County High School agriculture teacher Peggy Armstrong works with tudents as they clear out a raised bed at Warren County School's green school. With just over the 600 students, the school system has one of the most robust farm-to-school programs in the state. CAES News
Farm to School
It may not use the fanciest place settings or offer wine pairings, but the best farm-to-plate eatery in Warren County, Georgia, is — by far — the school cafeteria.