May 2018
Youth Matters

4-H Extension Corner: Tiger Giving Day Benefits Alabama 4-H

Contributed funds will help support a variety of learning opportunities and programs.

 

Three Alabama 4-H’ers canoeing and learning the proper paddle methods to explore Lay Lake.

Alabama 4-H was one of many programs people supported during a recent Tiger Giving Day at Auburn University. Contributions of $5,270 were raised for Alabama 4-H and will help supply the 4-H Science School with new equipment.

"To stay innovative with curriculum offerings and hands-on learning experiences, the 4-H Science School needed relevant program items to equip current and future students," said Dr. Gary Lemme, director of Alabama Cooperative Extension System. "The donations will permit young people to get outside to experience Alabama’s natural resources and gain an understanding of the web of life in Alabama ecosystems."

The 4-H Science School hosts over 22,000 students annually from across the state. Students engage in hands-on educational experiences designed to connect them to the natural world.

Whether conquering fears on the high ropes course, exploring wildlife on the Coosa River or learning about reptiles and amphibians, the 4-H Science School provides opportunities for all Alabama youth. Additionally, each program reinforces the Alabama Course of Study for grades K-12 in science, math, technology, language arts, engineering, physical activity education and social studies.

 

An Alabama 4-H’er searching for macroinvertebrates during the Lake Living class.

 

Science School Needs

Funds raised will go toward the purchase of a variety of learning materials for 4-H Science School classrooms.

After almost 15 years, the 4-H Science School exhibits can expand and current equipment be refreshed. The money raised will help support the school’s needs in technology, outdoor learning materials and hands-on learning equipment.

"As part of Tiger Giving Day, we asked consumers to help support the 4-H Science School in its mission to grow future leaders," said Dr. Molly Gregg, assistant director of Alabama 4-H. "Thanks to your support, students from across Alabama can continue to receive hands-on learning that opens a world to endless possibilities."

 

 

An Alabama 4-H’er preparing for the 35-foot giant swing. This is one of three high-ropes elements at the Science School. 

About Alabama 4-H

Alabama 4-H has an over-100-year history of helping youth develop into resourceful citizens and responsible leaders. As part of ACES, Alabama 4-H utilizes regional Extension agents as well as community volunteers, corporate partners, alumni and parents to deliver youth-development programs in all 67 counties. This collaborative effort develops skills, talents and interests in subjects driving critical thinking, decision making, leadership and community influence.

Today, Alabama 4-H engages with over 184,000 youth. It seeks to empower them with skills to lead their communities and grow into future leaders.

4-H is a nationwide youth organization administered by the land-grant university system. In Alabama, Auburn University is home for 4-H headquarters. Alabama 4-H provides opportunities for youth to learn by doing while being led by specialists versed in the latest advances in technology, agriculture, human development and more.

 

Brittany Dobbs is with Alabama Extension NEP.