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Wirt County Hosts Heart Healthy Lunch and Learn

Love Your Heart Partnership

February is  Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is, heart disease can often be prevented through healthy choices, exercise, and awareness.

The annual Community Education Outreach Service Heart Healthy Luncheon will be held on  Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Elizabeth United Methodist Church from 12 - 1 p.m. The church is located at  49 Juliana Street, Elizabeth, WV 26143. The luncheon will be held downstairs in the fellowship hall. 

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National Youth Summit on AgriScience

The 200 youth participants of the National Youth Summit stand in front of the National 4-H conference Center for a photo.

F r om January 9-12th, six students from Wood and Wirt County travel ed to the National Youth Summit on AgriScience. The youth-foc used conference was held in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the National 4-H Conference Center. The students were Samantha Burns, Brighton Robinson, and Adeline Sims from Wirt County and Wyatt Eaton, Gracie Kent, and Olivia Mullen from Wood County. 

Callie Daugherty, WVU-Wirt County Extension Service Agent, says, “This conference is a unique experience for youth to experience Washington, D.C. and meet other 4-H’ers from across the Nation. It is a full four-days with activities planned from 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day. Our 4-H’ers really worked hard and enjoyed the entire conference. They are inspired to bring back what they learned to our community.”

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Wirt County CEOS Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Wirt County CEOS members and guests hold balloons while County Commissioner, Niki Garrett, reads the proclamation.

Each year, the Wirt County Community Educational Outreach Service hosts a wreath hanging ceremony for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Wirt County Courthouse.  On October 7, 2019, thirteen members and guests gathered at the front steps of the County Courthouse to celebrate and raise awareness for Breast Cancer research, treatment, and prevention. 

This years event featured a balloon release, wreath hanging ceremony, and giveaways from the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. The event was attended by cancer survivors and their family members as well as several support local community agencies.  

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Wirt County 4-H News

State Contest Information for Wirt County 4-H

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State 4-H Camp Information for Wirt County 4-H

There are four opportunities to attend a state camp in just a few months!  Each of these weekend camps provide a great opportunity for youth who have never been to a state camp to experience what it's like to spend time at Jackson's Mill. These camps also have lower registration fees than week-long summer camps.  

The four weekend camps also are specialized to appeal to the different interests of 4-H campers.  Whether your interseted in computer science, dancing, leadership, or shooting sports, there is a camp for you! 

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Wirt County 4-H'ers can Attend National Summit

Have you ever wanted to travel to Washington, D.C.?  Do you have an interest in agri-science?  We have the opportunity for you!  January 9th - 12th, three 4-H'ers will travel to the National 4-H Conference Center located right outside of Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Youth Agri-Science Summit.

At the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, high school students develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. National 4‑H Council and National 4‑H Conference Center have partnered with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates to host the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. This Summit emphasizes hands-on educational experiences led by experts in the agricultural community.

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Part of the National Cooperative Extension System

All universities engage in research and teaching, but the nation’s more than 100 land-grant colleges and universities including WVU, have another critical mission: Extension. Extension means reaching out, and along with teaching and research land-grant institutions extend their resources, solving public needs with college or university resources through local programs. With more than 3,000 county offices in the USA, the National Cooperative Extension System is the local front door for many citizens to their state land-grant institutions.

Putting Knowledge to Work!

West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Wirt County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.

Wirt County Highlights

  • 4-H Program Growth – Participation in the 4-H program rose from 96 members for 2017 to 2018 to 150 members currently enrolled, a 60% increase in one enrollment year.
  • STEM Education – Approximately 1,267 youth contacts were made using STEM programming. This number includes duplicates of children who participated in more than one activity. Activities included STEM stations, club visits, National Youth Science Day and 4-H camp activities.
  • Community Garden – Extension held four garden education classes and worked with Community Resources, Inc. to continue upgrading and managing the community garden, which features 18 4’x8’ raised beds and four standing raised beds.
  • Energy Express – This program was fully enrolled with 40 children being served. 42.5% of the children were first time participants. 25% of the participants served had an Individualized Educational Plan or other special needs learning requirement.
  • Program Volunteers – 33 volunteers were fully vetted and trained in youth protection during 2018, allowing for a safe educational learning environment during all our youth programs.
  • Communications – The WVU Wirt County Extension Service office distributed an annual newsletter to 253 households in the fall of 2018. A 4-H newsletter was distributed three times throughout the year to 4-H families. 19 articles and 22 advertisements were released through the Wirt County News Journal with an audience of 2,600 people. A Facebook page for the Extension office was created and reached users on average, 4,763 times per month. The WVU Wirt County Extension Service webpage had 2,060 unique views over the course of the year.
  • National Council on Aging Partnership – Through this partnership, one senior worker has been placed in the position of administrative assistant to the WVU Wirt County Extension Service Office for 15 hours per week.