Team Award Nominations

1st Place – Bullitt County

The Bullitt County Extension Service has partnered with the Patton Museum, the 14th Armored Re-creations Battalion and local WWII Veterans to educate youth and the community on the important role WWII Veterans played in our country’s history. The four year program has included special attention to the role of women and minorities in WWII. The program has led to increased understanding and also to recognition for over 75 local veterans. Bullitt County Extension Agents Darold Akridge (Ag), Ruth Chowning (FCS), Lorilee George (Hort), and Jeff Young (4-H) were involved in this effort.

The Pulaski County Extension Service offered life skills classes twice each month to women who were incarcerated in the County Detention Center. The inmates learned to grow and harvest their own garden, how to preserve food, menu planning, healthy eating choices, money management and decision making skills. Several of the women who have been released stopped by the Extension Office to pick up additional educational resources. The program is expected to continue for the coming year. Agents Edith Lovett (FCS) and Beth Wilson (Hort) and Assistants Allison Taylor (EFNEP) and Brenda Williamson (NEP) conducted the classes.

For the second summer, Russell County Extension Agent Pam York (FCS), Small Farm Assistant Wanda Miick (KSU), and Assistant Julie Beckmann (EFNEP), assisted local Hispanics in growing a garden and preserving their produce. The garden provided a free source of produce and the opportunity to preserve food to consume in the winter months. Families who were participating for the second year worked with new families one-on-one, gaining self confidence and leadership skills as they shared their expertise. It is estimated that 50 Hispanic individuals benefited from the 2008 Community Garden Project. Approximately 500 bags of produce were frozen and 350 jars of produce were canned.

A week-long day camp was held in Hancock County by Extension Agents Lisa Hagman (4-H) and Katie Englert (FCS) to introduce students grades four through six to new advancements in technology. Thirty students were instructed on topics that varied from how to create a blog to how to use a GPS unit. In addition, students were provided lunch, healthy snacks, t-shirts, and a flash drive to take home with them. Special attention was given to reach limited income families by providing transportation from low income housing complexes and by waiving registration fees.

Limited resource youth were able to learn all about pumpkins and then pick their very own at the Robinson Station Pumpkin Day. Five-hundred headstart, preschool and kindergarten students and their parents participated in ten pumpkin activity stations before visiting the pumpkin patch which had been planted months in advance. Teachers reported that half the children had never visited a field of pumpkins before and 63% had never tasted pumpkin. Martha Yount, Breathitt County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences and Terry Jones, Extension Horticulture Specialist, led a team of District 2 Agents and Robinson Station staff in this effort.

Warren County Extension Agent Carol Schreiber (Hort) and Butler County Extension Agent Greg Drake (Ag) developed a Beginning Beekeeping Short Course that targeted small and minority farmers in a four county area. Seven sessions took the participants through all the basics of beekeeping. As a result of the program 19 new hives were started. Of those participating, 77% had never been involved with Extension in the past. The agents also presented their sessions at the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Annual Conference.

The creation of the Franklin County Latino and Multicultural Coalition serves as a community development tool providing organizations, entities, and/or individuals the opportunity for networking, support and skill development. The group meets monthly and has implemented community programs including hosting movies that feature injustices for viewing and discussion; a disaster preparedness program for Latinos, and a family farm fun day. The coalition is facilitated by Nancy Calix, Interim Special Assistant for Hispanic Initiative (KSU), and also involves Gae Broadwater, Community and Economic Development Specialist (KSU) and Tamera Thomas, Franklin County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.

Individual Award Nominations

1st Place – Calloway County

A new Homemaker Club in Calloway County is reaching a diverse population at the local Housing Authority. In addition to having limited resources, some members have physical and mental disabilities. The club is integrated racially and by gender. It meets twice a month, once for a regular meeting and once for a work day. Other county Homemaker Clubs have assisted them in service projects and have met together with them at their center. They also have been on trips together. Not only has the interaction led to a greater understanding and appreciation of people’s differences, it has also given new opportunities for socialization to a group of individuals whose circumstances caused them to be somewhat isolated. Leading this effort is LaDawn Hale, Calloway Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences.


Julie Brown, Warren County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, partnered with the South Central Kentucky Area Health Center at WKU to provide Health Rocks! A program designed to prevent tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use. A Spanish-speaking college student was recruited to be the instructor. Twenty-five Hispanic youth participated in the two-week program. A graduation dinner and ceremony was held for youth and their parents.


The Hart County High School 4-H Teen Club gained a new appreciation for students with disabilities as they worked with the Functionally Mentally Disabled (FMD) students in their school. Projects included helping the FMD students make Valentine cards, taking them on a field trip, and donating money for them to participate in 4-H activities. As a result of the 4-H club working with these special students several FMD students have now joined the High School 4-H Teen Club. The club is directed by Amber Huffman, Hart County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.


Maryellen Garrison, Henry County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, offers Body Recall, a ten week, 30 session exercise program that emphasizes balance, coordination, range-of-motion, flexibility, circulation and the ability to recover from a fall. Although primarily for senior citizens, the program also reaches those with special needs, chronic illness, limited strength or limited mobility.


First time parents and their children participating in the Health Department’s Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program had the opportunity to interact with each other and with experienced parents through the Memory Book Project. Vicki Wynn, Marshall County Extension Agent for Family Consumer Sciences, held sessions for parents to scrapbook and journal developmental changes of their children. Extension Homemakers volunteered to assist with child care. The “Keys to Great Parenting” publication series was shared at each session and families received healthy snacks and door prizes.


Rhonda Rex, Campbell County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, offered monthly life skills education sessions for limited-resource individuals attending the Brighton Center employment training program. Most of the participants (80%) were single females with children. Topics for the sessions included resume writing, conflict resolution, money management, nutrition, hygiene, and effective parenting. The center reports that 85% of the graduates of the program got a job and still have it a year later. Rhonda’s work has not only resulted in accessing a sometimes difficult to reach audience, but it has also resulted in an increased awareness by Extension staff and leaders of the challenges faced by this audience.


Fayette County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences Amelia Brown used the G.A.I.N. (Giving Adults Ideas for Nutrition) program to teach sessions focused on health topics at an adult day care serving mentally retarded/developmentally disabled individuals. The 20 minute sessions were designed to include lots of visuals and hands on activities designed to equip participants with important life skills.


Union County Extension Agent Melanie Bealmear has been instrumental in coordinating a community-wide project, U-Chip-N, that repairs homes for limited-income and disabled homeowners. Since the project began in 2001, they have made over 300 home repairs. Homeowners are able to get needed repairs and volunteers have learned more about the challenges faced by this audience and the diversity of the community.