Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail takes root in Towns County

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Towns county 4H

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The University of Georgia Towns County 4-H Extension has joined the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail initiative, and a variety of plants known to beckon the insects are in full-bloom outside of the Hiawassee office at 67 Lakeview Circle.

Agricultural-Natural Resource Extension Agent Jacob Williams explained that the garden is a first-year project, planted by local 4-H students. The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, namesaked after former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, was founded in 2013 in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Education in an effort to bring awareness to the dwindling monarch butterfly population.

The project provides habitats suitable for butterflies to feed, nest, and repopulate. Numerous citizens and organizations throughout Georgia have partnered with the Trail, with over 350 gardens springing forth worldwide. A 2016 monarch count revealed that the butterfly population has decreased by 68 percent over the past 22 years, and those involved in the project hope to see the population strengthen.

Robin H. Webb

Monarch on a Butterfly Bush

The local extension garden boasts flora such as Blackeyed Susan, Stokes Aster, Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Passion Fruit Vine, and Butterfly Bush. A shallow basin rests among the blooms, offering a convenient water source for visiting butterflies.

For further information on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, visit rosalynncarterbutterflytrail.org/

 

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Towns County 4-H hopes to send additional students to Camp Wahsega

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Towns County 4H

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – As warmer months inch closer, Towns County 4-H is hoping to send 35 students to Camp Wahsega in Dahlonega from June 4 to 8, 2018.

The camp offers numerous activities for students, such as zip-lining, archery, a high rope challenge course, river tubing, pond swimming, and waterfall sliding. Towns County students will join approximately 200 students from other counties. Campers will break into four different groups – the Hatfields, McCoys, Clampetts, and McDougals -while competing in good fun for bragging rights. Last year, the students traveled to Eagle Rock 4-H Camp in Eatonton and many are hoping to partake again this summer.

Towns County 4-H is currently running a scholarship campaign and say they would appreciate the help of individuals and businesses that would like to contribute to the cause.

“I am a firm believer that summer camp is the most important activity that any child can participate in,” said Andrew Smith, Towns County’s 4-H extension resource manager. “I encourage all my students to go to a camp. It doesn’t have to be 4-H camp. I just want them to all experience the joy that surrounds summer camp. I’m hoping to take every kid that wants to go so that they can make memories that last a lifetime. That’s why I am asking local businesses to help with the scholarship campaign. Not only are they helping to fund a student, but they are making a difference in that child’s life.”

Camp is $300 per student and the extension office offers scholarships to students who express the need for financial assistance.

For more information or to sponsor a student, contact Andrew Smith at the 4-H Extension Office at 706-896-2024 or AndrewSmith128@uga.edu.

 

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Towns County speech training program encourages student participation

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Andrew Smith UGA

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Towns County Speech Development and Showcase will begin a new year’s program on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the new Senior Center in Hiawassee. Sponsored in partnership with the Towns County Movers & Shakers and the University of Georgia (UGA) 4-H Extension, the training is geared to provide local students with an opportunity to improve their public speaking abilities, increase communication skills within group settings, and offer a chance for students to share their voices throughout the community.

“The Movers & Shakers speech contest provided me with the tools I need to be more confident and efficient in public speaking,” past participant C.J. Owens said. “The training I received has helped open doors for me in my education, as well as in the business realm.”

The goals of the program are designed to build student confidence levels in order to aid their interactions in classroom discussions, enhance the English, Language, Arts (ELA) Standards of Excellence, prepare for success in the workforce, and empower by helping the students to use their voices, rather than their actions, to solve problems.

“The Mountain Movers & Shakers speech competition has helped me more than I ever thought it could. Learning to speak in public has opened so many doors for me and has certainly helped to boost my confidence in social atmospheres,”  Emma Kate Ledford expressed.

The benefits of the speech training include necessary development for student body leadership positions, the ability for youth to create a “name” for themselves within the community, increased confidence levels in work or school interviews, and an opportunity to add program participation to college applications and employment resumes.

The training sessions will be held each Thursday from Jan. 25 until Feb. 22, 2018. The showcase will take place on March 1. All events are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the new Senior Center, 954 North Main Street in Hiawassee. Participation in the showcase itself is not mandatory but encouraged.

For more information, contact Andrew Smith at 706-400-8754.

 

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