Report to the People

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N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County recently presented its annual “Report to the People” to county officials. Commissioners, Extension advisors, volunteers, and county staff were invited to “speed date” various Cooperative Extension Service educational programs.

During the event, individuals participated in brief educational activities representative of all the major programs that N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County has to offer. To experience community and rural development programming, participants took part in a facilitated needs assessment exercise. As an introduction to Extension’s foods and nutrition programs, attendees sampled a healthy foods blind taste test. Their knowledge of Medicare was tested during a game of Medicare trivia to illustrate the education provided to seniors. Individuals tried their hand at simulated farming with an online agriculture education game. They also exhibited their knowledge of native and other plants during a plant identification quiz. At the 4-H and youth development booths, participants built catapults to learn about STEM education, identified and correctly sorted the order of the life cycle of chickens, and experienced planting activities from the Junior Master Gardener℠ volunteer program. Finally, participants went head to head in a quiz bowl style competition related to equine science and Currituck County Rural Center trivia.

All of these activities were designed to give attendees a broader understanding of the educational and technical assistance that the Cooperative Extension Service provides to Currituck County citizens and guests. Overall in 2018, N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County staff delivered 197 educational programs and provided face-to-face education and assistance to 16,036 citizens. Volunteers donated 10,877 hours of service and expanded the reach of programming by over 9200 contacts. The total estimated value of volunteer contributions was $268,553. Staff and volunteers raised over $153,000 in support of the work done by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Currituck County in 2018. Further, it delivered an economic impact to our community of over $1,043,000.

For more information regarding programming in Currituck County, contact 252-232-2262 or Cameron_Lowe@ncsu.edu.

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