Friday, April 22, 2011

The North Carolina Farm to School Calendar Contest

Create artwork for the 2011-12 North Carolina Farm to School Calendar. Artwork should feature “Scenes of North Carolina Agriculture”.

FOURTEEN entries will be chosen to illustrate the calendar for the 2011-12 school year.

All North Carolina public school students in grades Kindergarten through Six are eligible to participate.

Entry Details
Students’ art work must be original. Creativity and lots of color are encouraged.
The calendar will highlight the diverse agriculture throughout the state. Artwork entered in the contest MUST include the theme “Scenes of North Carolina Agriculture”.
Markers, crayon, watercolor, ink, pencil, acrylic, tempera paint or colored pencils can be used. No 3-dimensional art, pastel, chalk, paint-by-numbers, commercial art kits or computer generated work.

SIZE: Entries must be 11 by 8.5 inches, HORIZONTAL pictures only.
Entries must be on white or light colored paper that will allow duplication, scanning and display. Do not use ruled notebook paper.

Entries must be flat. Do not fold, matte, mount, laminate or frame art. Use of cartoon characters, TV figures and logos is not acceptable.

An official entry blank or copy MUST be completed and securely taped to the back of each entry. Please do not staple or glue forms to artwork. Make sure entry form is filled out completely and that writing is legible. Only one entry per artist.

The Calendar
The winning art will be used for the cover and inside illustrations.
A minimum number of calendars will be sent to each school district before the start of the 2011-12 school year. Additional copies will be available through NCDA & CS on a first-come, first serve basis. Calendars will be available free of charge.


Each student who enters the contest will receive a personalized certificate of participation. Fourteen students will receive a $50 savings bond and their artwork will be featured in the 2011-12 NC Farm to School Calendar and on the Farm to School website

Entries must be received (not postmarked) by May 1, 2011.

2011 NC 4-H Horse Program Spring/Summer Newsletter

Inside you will find information on the 2011 NC State 4-H Horse Show and the 2011 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships. Full newsletter is available at the link below.

Poultry Science Summer Institute


Deadline to register: May 2, 2011

What is the Poultry Science Summer Institute?

The summer institute is a four-day, four-night conference designed to broaden the high school student’s understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.

Who can attend & how much is it?

Any high school student (rising 11th and 12th graders) with an interest in the biological sciences or a career in the poultry industry may apply to attend. You must list as a reference a high school science teacher, counselor, County Extension agent, 4H leader or vocational agriculture instructor.

Cost for the conference is only $50.00, which includes your lodging on campus, all meals, field trips, workshop materials, great goody bags and entertainment.

How do I apply?

Once you’ve decided to join us, just follow the simple steps below. There’s nothing to lose!
Fill out the registration form before the May 2nd deadline.
Complete a brief personal statement indicating why you are interested in the experience (this is very helpful when we are selecting who will be chosen to attend!).
Mail or fax your form to Melissa Scherpereel at the address on the bottom by May 2nd.
We will notify you of your acceptance by the second week of May.
Space is limited to 15 - 20 and this program is very popular. If you are not accepted the first time, please consider applying again next year.

What's in it for me?

You will get to see what campus life is really like at North Carolina State University when you come to the summer iInstitute. You will be staying in University Towers, a private residence hall (with a pool), going to local fun spots, doing hands-on-experimentation in a classroom setting, and doing all sorts of things that college students do. In other words, you'll get to "try us on for size". Students participating in the program will get to interact informally with numerous NC State Univ. faculty, staff and current poultry science students. Attendees will learn about the vast field that is Poultry Science as well as specific information on our Poultry Science Degree Program and areas such as:

Career Fields & Areas of Opportunity
Scholarship Requirements and Availability
Internships while Attending College
Employment Connections upon Graduation
How to Apply to College and When
and about anything else you would like to know about POULTRY!



Monday, April 18, 2011


What: Camp CHILL is a 1-week overnight camp experience focusing on healthy lifestyles through nutrition lessons, fun physical activities, team-building, and traditional camp programming. Fee includes follow-up reunion/assessment October 22nd for participant and one parent.

Where: Sertoma 4-H Educational Center

Date: June 12-17, 2011

Who: Camp CHILL was created to target those students who are in the 85%-97% BMI range, placing them “at risk of obesity.” Campers must be rising 6th through 9th graders as of August 1, 2011.

Cost: Only $199 ($100 non-refundable deposit by May 1, 2011) SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE (financial application and forms located on

Activities: swimming, archery, nutrition classes, field trips, cooking with a chef, zumba, kickboxing, self-defense, dance, campfires, and more!
Sponsored/Developed by Community Partnerships


Friday, April 15, 2011

Horse Club Meeting

The next 4-H Horse Club meeting will be April 30, 2011. Participants are asked to meet at the County Extension Building (90 S Main St) at 9:00 am to travel to a Friesian Farm in Yadkinville. Anyone interested in attending, please contact the office at (336) 372-5597. You do not have to own a horse to be a member of the horse club.

4-H AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume & Essay)

AIRE is an opportunity for older youth to prepare for filling out college applications, making a resume, and having job interviews.

AIRE also known as Application, Interview, Resume & Essay is a 4-step process by which youth are chosen to attend National events such as National Congress, National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.

Any youth ages 14-18 can participate. Age is determined by age as of January 1 of the current year. Youth are chosen from this program to attend National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference and International Leadership Conference. You must complete an application and submit a resume of no more than two pages. An essay of 500 words or less is also required. Essays can be on any topic that relates to you. Applications, Essay and Resume’s are due to the Extension Office by Wednesday, May 11th. The Interview portion of AIRE is conducted at NC 4-H Congress in Raleigh in July. For more information contact the Extension Office or visit the links below.






All plants from the plant sale have arrived. Pick-up will be today (Friday) from 9 am - 5 pm. If you have questions or need to make other arrangements, please contact the office at (336) 372-5597.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Citizenship North Carolina Focus: A Capital Experience

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus will be held June 13-15, 2011 in Raleigh at the Sheraton Downtown. This is open to two (2) 4-Hers from Alleghany County, ages 14-19. Participants will participate in hands-on workshops, panel discussions, distinguished speakers, and open discussion will help you discover how government impacts your everyday life, and how you can impact government in return. You will learn about state government, learn about working with public officials, hear from prominent North Carolina officials, and visit legislators.

Applications must be received in our office by Friday, April 29 2011!!

Cost for the event is $125 (scholarships may be available).

Youth Application

Tenative Agenda

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Horse Creative Writing Contests

The goals of the Horse Creative Writing Events are to provide an outlet for written expression for the 4-H member in horse related topics while encouraging youth to express their experiences and ideas in a creative manner. Furthermore, the Creative Writing Contests will recognize youth who have creative writing talent by expressing their ideas through writing.
Each participant must be a current 4-H club member. Participants do not need to own their own horse. The contest will consist of a Junior and Senior Division. Youths who have reached age 14 but have not reached age 19 as of January 1 are considered Seniors. Junior individuals must not have reached age 14 as of January 1. Cloverbuds are not eligible.
Separate entry fee checks are required for each event, or the check and entry will be returned. (For example, a youth entering a poem, essay, and short story must submit three separate checks made payable to N.C. State University to cover the entry fee for the event). The entry form must be completed and submitted with a postmark dated prior to the registration deadline. Each creative writing submission must be submitted in quadruplicate as previously noted.
2011 Horse Short Story Contest Entry Form
2011 Horse Poetry Contest Entry Form
2011 Horse Essay Contest Entry Form 

Entries must be postmarked by May 2nd or they will be disqualified.