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A unique position - Feature Stories
December 2008 Issue
Kasey Reid is trying to re-energize 4-H in middle Georgia’s Jasper County, and along with that comes fighting age-old perceptions of the student program. She has filled a position that sat vacant for nearly a decade and was made possible through a one-of-a-kind collaboration between Robert and Jean Fowler, BB&T Bank, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Jasper County Board of Education. The result: The Robert and Jean Fowler 4-H Agent Endowment, boosted by a $1.2 million donation from the couple and the bank. As the Jasper County extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Reid is focused on increasing the visibility of a program she has seen enhance students’ public speaking and leadership skills, develop strong character traits and introduce kids to potential careers. But her biggest challenge: convincing students in grades 5-12 and their parents that 4-H is about more than chickens and cows. It comes up often. “4-H is not the same as it was generations …
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