“I Am Georgia 4-H – Paulding County”
As students head back to the classroom this month, the Paulding County UGA Extension office “extends” learning through science-based programs in agriculture and the environment, family well-being, and 4-H youth development.
4-H has been serving boys and girls for more than 100 years. Although it began as a Corn Club for boys and a Tomato Club for girls, 4-H now teaches a more diverse range of topics from leadership and communications to community service and citizenship. The 4-H Pledge is:
My HEAD to clearer thinking,
My HEART to greater loyalty,
My HANDS to larger service, and
My HEALTH to better living, for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Paulding County 4-H serves 5th– 12th graders in many formats. From STEM oriented 4-H club meetings at Paulding County Schools, to specialty club meetings for Horse and Pony Club, BB Gun and Shotgun Team, Forestry and Poultry Judging, Archery Team, and Summer Camp, just to name a few.
There are approximately ___________ students involved in Paulding 4-H. On the cover (left to right) are some of the 4-H’ers and listed here are the areas they are involved in:
Rye Likely – Project Achievement, Poultry Judging, Summer Camp
Jade Likely – Project Achievement, Poultry Judging, Forestry Judging, Summer Camp
Trenton Middleton – Summer Camp
Asher Henson – 5th Grade Club, Summer Camp
Madison Clemente – State 4-H Board Member, County 4-H President, Project Achievement
Kynsley Westmorland – Summer Camp
Allen Jones – BB Team, Forestry Judging, Poultry Judging, Project Achievement
Paulding County UGA Extension is a unique partnership between the University of Georgia, Paulding County government, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities.
Extension in Paulding County works to provide unbiased, research-based information driven by local needs and clientele input. Paulding County Extension even offers workshops for adults to learn more about gardening, agriculture, and soil and water quality. Paulding County UGA Extension is dedicated to meet the needs of our local community.
Josie Davis began her career with UGA Extension in 2015 as the Assistant Program Coordinator at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and has been providing leadership and direction as the Paulding County 4-H Agent since December 2018. As a Paulding native, Josie is thankful to come back home and serve her community by developing positive relationships with students, schools and families.
Working closely with community leaders and public officials, Josie’s role as the 4-H Agent is to help youth develop life skills and enable them to become self-directed, productive and contributing citizens. Josie also provides 4-H education programs in monthly meetings throughout schools in the county as well as coordinating local 4-H activities and assisting students with their project work and competitive events.
Mary Carol Sheffield has been the Paulding County Extension Coordinator and Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for 14 years. She came to Paulding County Extension after working as a forest research technician and middle school teacher. Extension was the opportunity to integrate her two passions of natural resource conservation and education.
Mary Carol works with other agencies and businesses to provide outreach to address environmental literacy and soil and water conservation by providing gardening education for youth, Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, and homeowners as well as professional education for urban agriculture and farmers. As a member of the Paulding County 4-H team, she coaches a Forestry Judging Team that has been successful at the Northwest District and State Forestry Field Days. She also supports 4-H programming in schools and clubs around the county.
Paulding County UGA Extension 4-H Program Assistants, Kathleen Gilroy, Rhonda Likely, and Ratasha Middleton deliver 4-H Club meetings to 5th grade classrooms in Paulding County Schools during the school year, assist the 4-H Agent with specialty club coaching and support and they provide summer programming for 4-H’ers of all ages. Their Administrative Assistant, Tina Rull helps with 4-H registration, enrollment, information and program logistics.
4-H offers a variety of opportunities for volunteer service in youth development programming, from serving as a chaperone at 4-H Summer camp to leading a special interest team. They hope you will find your niche, and share your time and talents in building the next generation of leaders. To learn more and apply to volunteer please contact their office!
Paulding County residents can reach the Paulding County Extension/4-H by calling 770-443-7616 or online at www.ugaextension.org/paulding. Also, you can follow them on Facebook to learn more about programming and activities. https://www.facebook.com/PauldingCountyCooperativeExtension/