During the U of A Cooperative Extension Service Interpretive Event, it was reported the Polk County youth recently collected 200 food items for the community. These food items were distributed to the blessing boxes in Mena and in Wickes (pictured above). 

During the March 23, U of A Cooperative Extension Service Interpretive Event, Polk County Quorum Court members were presented with a review and accomplishments of the Polk County extension office. 

Presenting the accomplishment were Bridgett Martin, CEA, Family Consumer Science, Becky Sterner - CEA - 4H and Youth, and Sherry Beaty-Sullivan -CER - Staff Chair/Agriculture. 

Some of the Fiscal Year 2020 accomplishments included the following: Family and Consumer Science Education FY 2020 Summary: 12 Sessions – Move with Ease program in  Pain Management, 12 graduates; Walk Across Polk County, 79 participants, 125,877 minutes of exercise recorded; SNAP – ED Programs, Rethink Your Drink programs, 141 students with evaluations, My Plate & Apple lesson – 151 Kindergarten Students.

4 – H and Youth Development: 163 Community Club Members; Healthy Habits Challenge – 75 youth, 17 posts, 5,800 views, 1241 engagements; In-School STEM Enrichment – 475 students; 74 Senior Citizens served through Santa’s for Seniors 4-H Community Service Project.

Agriculture and Natural Resources: Active Master Gardeners – 32, Volunteer hours 688; Value of Master Gardener Volunteer Hours = $18,707

Agriculture Educational Program Total: Southwest Arkansas Small Ruminant College – 4 sessions – 15 Graduates; Pond Management Workshop - 15 Attendees; 7 Horticulture Facebook live posts – reached 13,654, 8444 views; Fall Gardening hybrid in-person/online – 45 attendees.

Community & Economic Development Summary FY 2020: APAC – 24 contracts awarded, $1.9 million, created 40 new jobs in Polk County.

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