Check out this great article from America’s North Shore Journal about a new 4-H club in Baghdad, Iraq. It is a amazing to see how far 4-H can go and the difference it can make it the lives of youth everywhere. The Al Amal 4-H Club was cre ated in June and most of the mem bers heard about the club through word of mouth. The children are already learn ing skills in agriculture, computer operations, public speaking, community service and leadership.
Target Field Trip Grants August 26, 2010
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. For the 2010-2011 school year, 5,000 grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. Types of eligible trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications must be submitted by September 30, 2010. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program. http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880&ref=sr_shorturl_fieldtrips
NASA Contests August 24, 2010
NASA’s 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge
NASA is inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in the 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting. Teams of up to six students will design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams will then test their system on a simulated wastewater stream. Proposals and results are due Feb. 28, 2011. The winning teams will be announced in May 2011. The top three teams will receive awards. The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team’s visit to Kennedy, students will gain firsthand knowledge about NASA’s missions, receive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s launch facilities, and learn about future aerospace and engineering careers. For more information and contest rules, please visit http://wlmr.nasa.gov/. Questions about the challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Design a space colony! Space colonies are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space colony involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2011. For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/. If you have any questions about the contest, please e-mail Al Globus at email@example.com.
The Pennies 4 Pins Pledge drive is underway! To pledge for your favorite bowler or bowling team please go to www.pennies4pins.com and follow the simple steps to help us keep our charity surf camps for medically fragile, special needs and at-risk youth going for another year. Ocean Cure is an official non profit organization that provides free surf camps for medically fragile, special needs and at-risk youth. These charity surf camps began 3 years ago in 2008 with 5 outreach camps including two surf camps for children born with HIV. These surf camps were so powerful and successful that they kicked off our journey to grow our outreach program to what it is today. 2009 saw nearly 15 charity events. This year, our program went off the scale with some 20 events, totaling over $50,000 in charitable surf camps for children with HIV, Juvenile Diabetes, visual impairments, autism, children and adults with spinal cord injuries, wounded veterans, orphans in India, children with CP, Boys and Girls Club and other at-risk groups. We can’t do it alone, we need your help. Please help us keep these camps going by making a pledge to your favorite bowler or bowling team at the Pennies 4 Pins website. If you’ve been touched by one of our camps or know someone who has, if you’re a surfer who knows the healing properties of the ocean, if you’ve seen one of our surf camps, please help us by making a pledge at www.pennies4pins.com. Bowling Day is September 19th!
Livestock Judging & Skillathon 4-H State Contest August 20, 2010
The Livestock Judging 4-H state contest is scheduled for October 30th & the Skillathon is on October 31st at the NCSU Beef Educational Unit in Raleigh. The entry deadline is October 8th. If you are interested, please contact the 4-H office ASAP so we can determine if we have enough people to have a team. If you are an adult interested in coaching the youth members, please notify Blair by calling the 4-H office or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org Click on the link for more information about the contest & to download the registration form: http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu/files/library/10/2010%20livestock%20judging.pdf
Well, the end of Summer Fun is here yet again so this year we decided to end it with a huge celebration of new and old friends, yummy treats, and photographed memories. Over 130 Summer Fun participants and their families attended the Moon Bounce bash at the Botanical Garden at the Cooperative Extension Office.
A musical slideshow played continuously inside where folks gathered to eat hotdogs and laugh at moments captured in time. Outside there were two moon bounce houses, a putt-putt challenge, ring toss, and popcorn. Candy and 4-H tattoos and stickers were given as prizes to game participants. A 4-H Goodie Basket was raffled during the night that was stuffed with 4-H themed items. The winner of the basket was Adrienne Walton.
Participants were also able to pick up a copy of the slideshow on a CD to take home and enjoy with their family. All of the Summer Fun pictures will be uploaded to a Shutterfly account for parents to download and make prints.
The end was bittersweet. So many fond memories were made during the summer of 2010 but we had to say goodbye to Summer Fun coordinator Angie Lawrence. Angie did an AWESOME job this summer and she will truly be missed. We hope she will be able to join us again next year! We would also like to thank all of the volunteers and teens who helped us with the party, taught a summer fun class, or helped with planning. We have top notch volunteers in Brunswick County!
Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Forum August 19, 2010
Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Forum is right around the corner and we’ve finally received the information we need to help you get volunteers interested in attending registered!!! This is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to meet peers, gain new ideas, and be invigorated! Scholarships are available for this conference. Email Leslie Kammer, 4-H Program Assistant, for the registration form for the Forum, or Rock Eagle as folks fondly call it, which is scheduled for September 30 – October 3, 2010.
Best Place to Work August 18, 2010
National 4-H Council was voted one of the 50 best places to work, by The Non-Profit Times. Click here to learn more.
Bright Ideas Education Grants for Teachers August 17, 2010
The Bright Ideas Education Grant Program, sponsored by North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, provides funding for a variety of hands-on classroom projects for K-12 students throughout the state. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to North Carolina teachers for innovative, classroom-based projects that would not otherwise be funded. Applications are accepted from teachers in a variety of disciplines, including music, art, history, reading, science, career planning, and information technology.
The application deadline is September 20, 2010. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application. http://www.ncbrightideas.com/overview.aspx
If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer in Brunswick County, today is the last day to sign up for the August 24th training session. This training will be geared mostly towards starting a 4-H Club. Potential volunteers will be required to submit a 4-H Volunteer Application and receive a reference and background check. Contact Leslie Kammer, 4-H Program Assistant, at email@example.com or 910-253-2610 for more information or to sign up.