Kevin Tatum, County Extension Coordinator
Coffee County was well represented at the Cloverleaf District Project Achievement contest on November 13 in Lyons. Students from six of the twelve schools in Coffee County had either 4th, 5th, or 6th graders compete in the contest. One fourth grader, eight fifth graders and three sixth graders competed this year.
Participants (including their project and placing) were: Broxton: Lee Andrews, Arts, 2nd; and Adelynn O'Steen, Sports-Individual, 2nd. CMS: Chuck Hayes, Wildlife, 1st; Shubh Sadarangani, International, 1st; and Rance Vaughan, Jr, Sports-Individual, 1st. Eastside: Sophia Harris, Horse, 1st, and Paisley Spires, Health, 3rd. First Academy: Alyia Hall, Environmental Science, 1st. Indian Creek: Mattie Lewis, Health, 1st; Tripp Lewis, General Science, 2nd; and Addyson Woods, International, 1st. Westside: Myles Porter, Between Meal Snacks, 1st.
Coffee County 4-H was presented a third place county program award at the contest for the most participants and first place award for highest percentage of winners with 100% placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd.
The 4-H staff would like to thank these students for all their hard work. We would also like to thank the teen and volunteer leaders for their assistance with project preparation as well as at the contest. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.
TARGET SPORTS TEAM SIGN UP
It is time to get our 4-H target sports teams up and running for the 2021-2022 school year. The 4-H BB team, 22 rifle team, and air rifle team will hold a signup meeting on Monday, November 29 at 6 PM in the Family Ministry Center of the Douglas First Baptist Church. Any student in 4th through 12th grades interested in competing needs to attend along with at least one parent. The BB team is open for 4th through 9th graders. 22 and air rifle teams are open to 7th through 12th graders. Team fees are $65 for 22 rifle team, $75 for BB and air rifle teams, $120 for archery, and $150 for shotgun. 4-H members interested in competing on the 4-H archery team or the 4-H shotgun team need to come by the 4-H office to sign up. The archery team will have a meeting at a later date and the shotgun team is starting practice next month.
JUNIOR/SENIOR 4-H PROJECT ACHIEVEMENT
Junior/Senior 4-H members need to be working on completing their DPA presentations as well as their portfolios. Portfolio FINAL COPIES are due in the county 4‑H office by Friday, December 10. Your presentation needs to be ready now so you will have time to practice it before the competition. We want each of you to have a competitive portfolio and demonstration so you have a good chance of standing on the stage receiving a first-place award.
Call or come by the 4‑H office today to sign up for a project (first come, first choice). 4‑H staff members will be happy to help you get started and answer any questions you have as you work on your presentation.
HOG SHOW TAGGING DAYS
4-H and FFA members, as well as pre-club students, interested in showing a hog in the 2022 County Market Hog Show in February need to bring their pigs to Coffee Middle School by the Animal Science Building on Monday, November 29, between the hours of 4 PM and 5:30 PM to be tagged. All pigs in line by 5:30 PM will be tagged. This will be the final tagging date for this year's shows.
For more information, please contact your 4-H Agent or FFA Advisor.
4-H ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY WORKDAY
4-H members are reminded of the next 4-H Adopt-A-Highway on Monday, December 6, at 4 PM. 4-H'ers should meet at the 4-H office for this activity. We are usually finished by 5 pm, so parents who don't stay and help should be back at 5 PM to pick up their children.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Please take note that the UGA Extension office in Coffee County will be closed for the week of November 22-26 for Thanksgiving holidays. We will reopen with normal business hours of 8 AM to 12 PM, and 1 PM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, on Monday, November 29. With the UGA labs closing during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, make sure to check with our office before bringing in samples such as water, soil, or tissue.
The Georgia 4-H Board of Directors are planning a fun-filled weekend for Fall Forum. The weekend (December 11-12) includes a mix of workshops and educational sessions along with opportunities for community service and exhibits. Registration for Fall Forum is open to any current 9th-12th grade 4-H members in the 2021-2022 school term. This event provides many opportunities for project work, competition, networking, and training for youth and adults.
Regular registration is $100 and is due by Friday, November 19. The registration fee covers Saturday lunch, dinner, and lodging, as well as Sunday breakfast. Pizzas can be ordered Saturday morning or at lunch and are $12 each.
You are also asked to contribute canned foods to the "4‑H Cans Hunger" service project. Be sure to turn in your canned foods to the 4-H office before December 1.
Please feel free to contact the 4-H office if you have additional questions about Fall Forum.
If you would like to learn how you can become more involved with the Coffee County 4-H program, please contact the Coffee County Extension office at (912) 384-1402 or visit our website at http://coffee4h.org.