Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Clover News

The November Alleghany 4-H Clover News is now available online.  

Be sure to check it out so you don't miss any of the exciting opportunities that are coming up!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Citizen Science Project

Do you grow cruciferous vegetables? Kale, radish, collard greens, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels’ sprouts, kohlrabi, etc.? Well then we need your help to learn about the organisms that eat them, as well as those that protect them. There are two ways you can help.

One way is by catching cabbage white butterflies (Pieris rapae) in your garden or anywhere you see them. This butterfly is actually not native to North America. It recently (~150 yrs ago) invaded many parts of the world and is now one of the most successful and abundant butterflies on the planet! Oh yes, it and has a ravenous appetite for crucifers. We will use DNA from butterflies you collect, along with those from all over the world to learn how this butterfly adapts to changes in its environment.  Grab a butterfly net and get started here! 

The second way to participate is to help find parasitoids in your garden. What is a parasitoid? They are usually flies or wasps that hunt the herbivores in your garden. There are two ways to find them. Collect pupae you find in your garden, place them in a cup and see what emerges. This is really fun as you never know what will come out! The other is to put out sticky traps that the parasitoids will get stuck on (and other garden pests such as aphids). This will help us learn more about these often unsung heroes of your garden—where they live and who they eat =)
Find out more about the project and how you can get some sticky traps sent to you here.

You can also contact the director of both projects with any questions you have: Dr. Sean Ryan

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

State 4-H Council Conference

What:  State 4-H Council Conference
When:  November 4-5
Who:  Youth ages 13-18
Where:  Jane S. McKimmon Center - Raleigh
Cost:  $150 per person (scholarships may be available)

It is almost time for the 2017 State 4-H Council Conference! The dates of the conference are November 4-5 and it will be held at the Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh. State Council Conference is for youth ages 13 - 18. We are planning exciting workshops and speakers for the event. Our State 4-H Council this year has selected “Dream Big” as the State Council theme for the year and all of the workshops offered will help delegates to Dream Big! We will have a variety of workshops at this year’s conference including Ambassador workshops and State Council workshops all focused around our conference theme.

The conference will officially begin with lunch on Saturday at 12 Noon.

Registration is due no later than October 6th. Cost of the event will be $150 per person (scholarships may be available)  To register you must contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Barter Theatre / Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

Join us on Tuesday, October 24th (Alleghany Co. schools teacher workday) as we travel to Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia to see the exciting and supsenseful play Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem

It’s Queen Victoria’s 50th year on the British Throne and Annie Oakley is the toast of London with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Extravaganza. Join the chase full of mystery, suspense, deceit and brilliant deductions as Victorian England is smashed together with the Wild West in a case that only Sherlock Holmes can unravel.

We will also participate in a "talk-back" session with some of the actors from the performance. 

Open to youth 8 years old and older.  $20 per person with transportation, lunch and snack included. Spaces are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today by calling 336-372-5597!  We will meet in the parking lot of the County Office Building at 8 am and plan to return by 5 pm.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Come be a part of the 4th of July Parade

The Sparta parade is on July 1st and the theme is Farm to Table.  The parade will be on Saturday, July 1 and the Sparta Revitalization Committee is hoping that anyone interested will participate by bringing their tractors,  animals, trees, or whatever they would like to "parade" that day. 

Floats meet at NAPCO parking lot. Walkers and animals meet at parking lot beside auditorium on Charles Street. Cars meet in front of SES.  If you plan to participate please register ahead of time at SRC/Chamber office 336-372-5473 and ask for Sarah.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Summer Fun Online Registration Form

The form for registering online is now active.   Here is the link.... 

Please remember that payment is required at the time of registration.

Friday, May 12, 2017

2017 Summer Fun

The 2017 Alleghany 4-H Summer Fun Newsletter is available!  Click here to view all the exciting opportunities that we are offering this year...

***PLEASE NOTE: We will start accepting registrations on Monday, May 15th at 9am.  This is for ALL registrations, including online and over the phone.  Don't forget that payment is required at time of registration.

Feel free to share this information!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

NC 4-H Photography Contest

The statewide NC 4-H Congress Photography Contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Communicators Network (formerly the North Carolina Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association) and coordinated by the CALS Communications at NC State University.

The purpose of this exhibition is to provide a showcase of 4-H members' photographic accomplishments. The exhibit is unveiled at 4-H Congress in Raleigh, North Carolina each summer. The winning photos are then displayed at select meetings and events throughout the year until the next Congress. New category for 2017: “Textures”

** All entries must be submitted digitally or postmarked NO LATER THAN May 26, 2017.
** NEW THIS YEAR: Please submit digital entries to
** This exhibit is open to (and only to) all North Carolina 4-H members ages 9-19.
** Participation is NOT limited to just those 4-H’ers enrolled in photography projects.
** All entry photos must have been taken by the 4-H’er submitting the entry during the contest year.
** Entrants must submit their photos within the division that applies (Junior/ages 9-12 OR Senior/ages 13-19).
** Each entrant may submit only one photo in each of the three categories ("4-H in Action", "Nature's Beauty", "Animals"). This means that each individual 4-H’er may have as many as three entries so long as they submit each entry in a different category.
** The same image may be entered in more than one category (if it applies to each category.)
** Photos may be in color OR black-and-white.
** Please end your entries at the highest image resolution possible so that we can display high-quality images.
** Please email all entries to, using “NC 4-H Photo Contest 2017” as the subject line.
** You may attach as many as three contest entries per person to one email.
** Each email containing photos must also contain the following information:

Name of Photographer
Home Address
4-H County
Parent’s/Guardian’s Name(s)
4-H Agent’s Name (First and Last Name)
Entry Division: Junior Division (Ages 9-12) OR Senior Division (Ages 13-19)
Category: 4-H in Action, Nature’s Beauty, Animals
Picture Name and Information: Please tell us any details about your image

4-H Citizenship NC Focus

Who: Youth ages 14-18 (must be 14 as of Jan 1, 2017)
(limited to three participants from each county)
When: June 12-14, 2017
Where: Sheraton Raleigh
Cost: $200 per youth (scholarships may be available)
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2017

4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus will be held June 12-14, 2017 in Raleigh at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Some of the highlights include: * Citizenship themed workshops * Panel discussions * Distinguished speakers * Legislative breakfast * Visits with elected officials
In order to be considered as a participant, please fill out the registration form found on the blog or Facebook page and return to the office with a $50 deposit. Since spaces are extremely limited, if you are not chosen your deposit will be refunded

4-H Citizenship NC Focus Application

AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume & Essay)

Who: Youth ages 11-18 (age as of Jan 1, 2017)
Cost: FREE
Deadline to submit packets – Wednesday, May 7th
Why: Makes you eligible to be selected to attend national events such as National Congress,
National Conference, and International Leadership Conference.

AIRE (Application, Interview, Resume and Essay) is a workforce development and college prep
program. Want to know more about AIRE??? Contact the office to schedule and AIRE overview

Youth are eligible participate in this program in one of two ways:
Option 1: Youth participate in this program by completing the
AIRE program portfolio (online PDF) and submit it for review by
our AIRE judges. All participants submitting an AIRE portfolio will be
invited to participate in either the competitive portfolio review (open
to youth ages 14-18) or in the non-competitive portfolio review (open to
youth ages 11-13), which takes place annually during NC 4-H Congress.
Youth participating in the competitive AIRE review process are eligible to
be selected to attend national events such as National Congress, National
Conference, and International Leadership Conference.

Option 2: Youth participate in this program by completing the AIRE program portfolio (online
PDF) as self-study and/or as part of their local 4-H program. Option 2: Does not require the
participant to submit their AIRE portfolio for review.
Requirements for the AIRE packet submission are listed on the Application Cover Sheet. Please
note that the packets are due to the office by Wednesday, May7th. *AIRE Interviews will take
place on Monday, July 31, 2017 (during NC 4-H Congress).

Prep and Application Packet 

2017 AIRE Mock Application (non-competitive youth ages 11-13) | 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teen Camp 2017 - Washington

Awesome opportunity coming Summer '17.... 
we are heading to Washington, D.C. 

What:  Teen Camp - Washington, D.C.
Who: Youth ages 13 - 19
When:  June 12-15
Cost:  $250 includes lodging, meals (excluding lunch), transportation and tours ~scholarships may be available

We'll be seeing some amazing sites including museums, the National Zoo, monuments and more. Spaces are EXTREMELY limited so contact the office @ 336-372-5597 to reserve your spot or find out more information. Open to youth ages 13-19.

museum of natural history



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blueberry Orders Due Soon . . . . .

Blueberry bushJust a reminder . . .just one week left to get those blueberry orders in!!! Orders are due Friday, March 24th. . . we have 11 varieties available. Plants are potted and well established. To order or for more information  visit the link below . . .…/2017-alleghany-4-h-plant-…

Friday, March 3, 2017

Horticulture Science Summer Institute

The Horticultural Science Summer Institute will be July 9-14, 2017 and is sponsored by North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program with the Department of Horticultural Science.   High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a weeklong, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. 

youth in greenhouse looking at flowers
Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices and delving into practical and molecular tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses. Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities.  

The cost of the institute will be $550 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. All lodging, workshop materials and field trips and most meals are provided. Scholarships may be available. Applications are due Friday, April 15th and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. 

Please contact Liz Driscoll at or 919.513.7346919.886.3424 with any questions or comments. 

Youth should apply here by April 15th. For more information visit the HSSI webpage.

Environmental Exploration Day

Environmental Exploration Day

Are you a high school sophomore or junior interested in the environment? If so, join us for this exciting 1-day event and discover how our majors in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) address environmental challenges using science, technology, and engineering.

kids in a forest
Attend NC State’s Environmental Exploration Day to find out how our graduates address these challenges every day!
  • Addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges
  • Engineering more sustainable products and processes
  • Preserving ecosystems for native wildlife
  • Developing ways to make “going green” more appealing to businesses
  • Learning how to conserve forests for future generations
  • Securing a healthier, more sustainable world
 March 25, 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn more about Environmental Exploration Day »

Summer Camp 2017

It's not too soon to start thinking about camp.  We'll be heading to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H camp in Reidsville from July 16 - 21.  Camp is open to youth ages 8+ (at time of camp) and we are excited about another awesome year.  Campers will get to participate in canoeing, archery, swimming, horseback riding, rope course, arts and crafts and more.  Don't miss out on this life changing opportunity!!  Spots are being reserved now and are very limited.  $50 will reserve your space.  For more information visit the link or contact the office at 336-372-5597.

Campers are grouped by age and experience| Traditional 8-12; Adventurer 12-13; Trekker 13
-14; LIT (Leader in Training) 15-16.

Summer Camp Brochure

Summer Camp Forms

Trekker Forms

LIT Forms

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

2017 Alleghany 4-H Plant Sale

We are now taking orders for the 2017 Alleghany 4-H Annual Plant Sale....

The following types of plants are being offered for purchase:

  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Herbs
  • Ferns
  • Vegetables
  • Flowers

Payment is due at the time orders are placed.  **We accept credit/debit cards for payment.  Phone orders can/will be accepted with a credit/debit card purchase**

For Blueberries ~ Friday, March 24th
For All Other Plants ~ Friday, April 21st

For Blueberries ~ April 5-6 (9am-5pm)
For All Other Plants ~ April 27-28 (9am-5pm)

ALL proceeds are used for scholarships for Alleghany County youth to attend 4-H Camp and other 4-H programming.

CLICK HERE to print your plant description/order form or you may pick one up at the Extension Office.  For more information, call 336.372.5597 or email Michele Hamm.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Food Show 2017

personified cooking utensilsWho: Youth ages 3+
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Deadline to Register: March 3, 2017
Cost: Free
Where: Yadkin Cooperative Extension Office (2051 Agricultural Way, Yadkinville, NC)

It’s time to show off all your culinary skills at the upcoming Area Food Show! This will be held on Sat., March 11th and is open to youth ages 3 and up. There are four age categories to participate in: Pre-Cloverbud (3-4) Cloverbud (ages 5-8), Junior (9-13), and Senior (14-18). The theme this year is “Family Favorites”, so we would love to see a family-favorite dish.

Categories include: snack/appetizer, main dish, vegetable/soup/salad and desserts.

This is also a great time to show off your table presentation skills (i.e. tablecloth, flowers or decorative items that go with the theme of your dish). You must bring serving plates and utensils for at least two judges (plastic and paper are fine). At the end of the day we will all get to sample everyone’s dishes so additional plates and utensils are recommended but not mandatory.

Transportation can be provided but you MUST let us know ahead of time. We will leave the office at 8:00 am. Setup will begin at 9 a.m. and Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. Your dish must be cooked ahead of time. There are no microwaves or stoves available, but we do have access to electric outlets. While judges taste all the wonderful recipes, participants can enjoy different hands-on activities.
Participants will be judged on recipe, taste, table setting and nutrition. All participants will receive a cookbook of all the recipes featured at the event. You must fill out a registration form to participate. 

There are also sample questions listed of things the judges may ask you. If you would like more information about food show, please contact the office at 336-372-5597.


Teen Retreat 2017

When: Saturday March 25th - March 26th
Where:  Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Camp
Who:  Youth ages 13+
Cost:  $90/person for Full Time Registration or $70/person for Saturday Only (scholarships may be available)

Register by March 8.  

Teen Retreat is just around the corner. . . deadline to register is March 8 (correction from the date listed in the newsletter) . . . open to youth ages 13 and up (must be 13 as of 1/1/17). We will be participating in Workshops, Outdoor Recreation (Canoeing, rock wall, etc.), Dance, Campfire, District Officer elections and lots more!!! Visit the blog for more information or to register, contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597 or visit the link.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Horse Smarts - limited time discount

American Youth Horse Council LogoA new 4-H horse club resource is now available for purchase with a coupon code for $20 off for a limited time.  This new resource, "Horse Smarts," will become an official resource for the horse bowl and hippology contests FOR ALL DIVISIONS beginning in January 2018.  It will REPLACE the Youth Horse Leader's Council Resource.  So, effective Jan 1 2018, Horse Smarts will be a resource for ALL DIVISIONS and the Youth Leader's Manual will be removed.

This resource can be ordered at the link below:

Use the Coupon Code "Horse Smarts" at checkout to receive a $20 discount.  This discount will not be available long term (we do not know the end date at this time), so keep that in mind.

Also, this resource does NOT come in a 3-ring binder, but allows you to divide it up into different sections and different binders if you wish.

This resource also has many "hands on" worksheets and activities appropriate for all ages, so it could be a great club resource in general.

78th annual UT Block & Bridle Roundup

Please mark your calendars for the 78th annual UT Block & Bridle Roundup to be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017, in the Brehm Animal Science Arena on the Agriculture Campus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The Block & Bridle Club has a busy day planned for 4-H and FFA members from across the region in the Brehm Arena! The day will begin with Check-In from 7:30-8:30 a.m. with the livestock clinic beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be at approximately 11:15 a.m. with the contest to follow. Reasons will be given at the conclusion of the Livestock Judging Contest.

Special Note: Due to lack of participation in the Meats and Dairy Judging Clinics and Contests we will not be offering those this year.

Parking: Please park in S65/66 behind the Veterinary School or CFN1 directly in front of Brehm Animal Science.

Divisions for Livestock Judging will be as follows:
Junior: 4-5th grades
Junior High: 6th-8th grades (junior high members will give one set of oral reasons)
Senior: 9-12th grades (senior members will give two sets of oral reasons)

Oral Reasons: Junior High students will give one set of oral reasons in the Livestock Judging Contest, and Senior High students will give two sets of oral reasons in the Livestock Judging Contest.

Please follow the link below for registration via Google Docs. Contact Jessy Shanks ( if you have trouble with this system. Early registration is $10 per student and this includes lunch for the day. Extra lunches need to be purchased on your registration form for parents, agents, siblings etc. These are $6 per person and must be purchased in advance to ensure you get a meal. Please make checks payable to UT Block & Bridle Club, you can pay on site March 4th via check (preferred), cash or debit/credit card (additional fee for SQUARE).

Registration via Google Sheets

To simplify everything we ask that registration be completed by Friday, February 24th at midnight. If you register past this date you will be charged late registration of $15 per student. Registration will be completely closed at midnight on Wednesday, March 1st. There will be no registration the day of the event.

If you register a team we expect you to bring them or notify Jessy Shanks and let her know they will not be attending. Otherwise an invoice will be sent to your school/county to cover charges for lunch/registration materials that have to be prepared in advance.

Please watch our Facebook page for up to date information! 

If you have questions, comments, or concerns please call Jessy at 865-974-4160 or email at Please forward this email to others who might be interested!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February Clover News

The February 2017 edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online. 

Click here to view.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Teen Retreat T-Shirt design

blank t-shirtThe North Central District needs your help to design the 2017 Teen Retreat 

Please use the attached form to design YOUR Teen Retreat shirt and submit to the Extension Office by February 15.  You can email your submissions to

District Officers will judge all entries and the winner will get to showcase their shirt for the District at Teen Retreat in March.
Please design in black and white, read on to find out why!

****WAIT**** Not the creative type but still want to have a say????

Visit the NC 4H - North Central District Facebook page to VOTE for your favorite T-Shirt ColorColor choices are Red, Pink, Golden Yellow, Gray and Navy Blue.

The winning color will be matched with the winning design for a truly unique shirt.  We can't wait to make you a part of Teen Retreat!

Contact the office with any questions @ 336-372-5597.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Range Safety Officer Traning

NC Wildlife Resource Commission LogoRSO TRAINING

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The NC Wildlife Resource Commission along with NC Cooperative Extension, Camden County Center will be hosting a Range Safety Officer Training to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park
in South Mills, NC.

The training will begin at 10 AM and will end around 5 PM.

Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. There is no cost to participate in this

Each hunter education team must have a certified range safety officer in attendance at competition in order to compete at tournaments.

Please contact Chase Luker at
Danelle Barco at for more information or to register.


Horse Bowl Volunteers Needed

horse with 4h cloverWe’re looking for a few good folks to help with the North Central District Horse Bowl competition scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11th – would you be interested in lending a hand?

This year, the competition will once again be held at the Guilford County Extension Center located at 3309 Burlington Rd, Greensboro, NC 27405.  Registration is slated to take place from 9:00-9:45AM, followed by a contest start time of 10:00AM.  This is a GREAT youth development event that impacts numerous youth across our district.  We plan to run two rooms for competition, and we’re in need of the following volunteers to make this run as efficiently as possible:

  • Moderators – One per room for a total of two:  to read the questions and reset the buzzers (we prefer to have an experienced moderator who has volunteered before)
  • Judges – Two per room for a total of four :  decide if answers given (that are different from the answer listed in the question and answer key) are correct or incorrect
  • Score keepers – Two per room for a total of four:  keep up with how many points each team has (one individual and one team score keeper)
  • Door keepers – One per room for a total of two:  make certain that no one enters or exits the room during a match
  • Runners (usually a couple of teen 4-Hers) – to take score sheets to the tabulations room   

 We will gladly provide volunteers with a free lunch (in addition to the reward of helping these young people develop integral life skills that will serve them well for years to come - hey, how can you beat that?!)

If you are willing to help, please contact me the office @ 336-372-5597 or

Friday, January 20, 2017

Holiday Classic Open Horse Show Planning Mtg

NC 4H horse program logo
It's time to start preparing for the Spring Holiday Classic Open Horse Show that is a fund raiser horse show for the North Central District 4-H Horse Program and the NCSU Western Equestrian Riding Team.  We need your help in planning for the show as well as running the show.  We have several dedicated volunteers that have been running this show and putting lots of hours into preparing for the show, but now have other commitments so we need your help!  

The next planning meeting for the Holiday Classic show will be on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pmat the Hursey's BBQ in Mebane.  Come early to eat.  

Please fill out the doodle poll at this link if you plan to attend the meeting.  Just click here and then put your name and click that you can attend that date so we can get an idea of who is planning to attend.

Please understand that these shows cannot run without your help.  If you have never helped out before but are interested please let us know, we would love to train new volunteers to help us out with this fund rasier which helps pay many scholarships for our district 4-H horse program youth and volunteers.

If you have any questions please let us know and you can learn more about the Holiday Classic Shows at the website (which will be updated soon for the spring info) -

Advanced Livestock Judging

animals around 4-H cloverInformation can be found below for the Advanced Livestock Judging program.  This program allows youth to meet once a month starting in March through the state contest in July.  We will have several different instructors that assist in teaching each month.  

At this time we only plan to accept 10 youth into this program for 2017, and applications are due February 10th.  

Open to youth 14-18.  

For more information visit the links below:

WHEP teams being formed!

WHEP logo
Interested in wildlife and the habitats they live in? You may want to learn more about WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Education Program).  We are now forming teams for 2017.  The contest is open youth ages 8-19 (you must be 8 as of January 1, 2017).  Youth will be on teams ages 8-13 (Juniors)and 14-19 (Seniors).  Teams will be able to travel to the state contest and if winners, travel on to the national contest.  State competition occurs typically in May.  You do not need prior experience to participate.

Two former WHEP participants will be coaching our teams this year.  Bryan Cassell and Gretchen Huysman have both participated and won on the state level and competed at the National Level winning 3rd.

For more information or to be added to the interested group contact the office at (336) 372-5597,  You can also visit the state website @   Deadline to contact the office is Friday, January 27th.  Practice schedule will be determined by participants and coaches.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 NC 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Did you know that honey bees maintain a temperature of 92-93F in their hive regardless of the outside temperature? Sounds pretty balmy on a day like today!

We encourage our 4-H youth to explore more about the fascinating story of the hardworking honeybee by participating in the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest. The essay provides a platform for youth to creatively express their working knowledge and research of the craft of beekeeping.

2017 Beekeeping Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Beekeeping has had is five minutes of fame for the past seven years. Now more than ever, the general public along with beekeepers are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” With the continued threat of pesticides, this is a very real question. Your paper should research and help answer this question.
Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

Essay Guidelines

honey bee on daisyThe scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information

and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative  references spell it as one word.

For more information visit the link. Includes tips and guidelines.    


Winner of the state contest is forwarded on to the National Contest.  National prizes include:  1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500 and 3rd place - $250.

Essays are due to Amy by February 23rd @ 5 pm.  All essays should be emailed to  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Innovative Approaches Survey

Appalachian district health care logo
We need your help!!!  AppHealthCare has received a grant called, “Innovative Approaches: Community Systems Building Grants for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” from the NC Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch.

The Innovative Approaches initiative serves to improve the system of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) age birth – 21. CYSHCN have or are at risk for having on-going physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional health needs that need different services or care than what other children their age may need. For example, these children may need care for asthma, autism spectrum disorder, depression, cerebral palsy or developmental delay.

Thank you for completing this survey, which will help us better meet the needs of families like yours.

Please complete the survey only once and all answers will be kept anonymous.

Innovative Approaches Survey

You may also print a hard copy or feel free to contact the office and we will be happy to mail you a  hard copy.

Printable Innovative Approaches Survey

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute

We hope each of you had a great Holiday Season and are looking forward to 2017.  We wanted to send out a brief reminder that applications for the Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute are due this Friday, January 6th.  

  1. Applications are due in the State 4-H Livestock Office by Friday, January 6, 2017.  The top eligible applicants will be selected for the Institute.  All applicants will be notified by February 1st.
  2. Youth ages 10-19 can apply.  We will break the group into two sections depending upon age.
  3. Cost:  FREE, meals, snacks, learning materials will be provided.  Youth will only be required to make arrangements for travel to and from the event.
  4. Youth completing the institute will be asked to conduct some leadership activities throughout the following year.  For example, students may be asked to speak at their local Meat Goat Association meeting, 4-H Club meeting, serve on a committee, conduct a training session, etc.
  5. Applications should be mailed to:
                              North Carolina State University
                              Brent Jennings
                              Attn:  Meat Goat Leadership Institute           
                              Campus Box 7621
                              Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

The application can be found on our website at the link below.