Bienville Spring Semester Highlights 2010

Brenda C. Morgan, Uzzle, Linda D. (Diane)  |  8/10/2010 2:16:13 AM

Bienville-Arcadia Chamber of Commerce Dinner 2010.

Highlights from Bienville Parish - Spring Semester 2010

Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Worked with leaders in the Ringgold, La. community to establish a school vegetable garden in Ringgold as part of the 21st Century After School Programs.
  • Worked with local growers regarding pumpkin production.
  • Working with parish golf course on putting green management.
  • Implemented an information section at local feed and hardware store.
  • Collected samples in Bienville Parish as part of the state survey regarding ant fauna in Louisiana.
  • Assisted with locating samples of kudzu having presence of Asian soybean rust throughout Bienville Parish.
  • Collected and interpreted numerous soil samples for parish residents.
  • Farm, home and office visits conducted for various clientele.
  • Provided various timely topic news articles for the local papers.

Family & Consumer Sciences

  • LSU AgCenter 4-H University Faculty Award.
  • Dean Don Felknor Financial Management Award, LEAFCS.
  • Marketing Package Award, LEAFCS.
  • All Financial Resource Management programs were evaluated and proved an increase in knowledge gained ranging from 16% to 100%.
  • JET program evaluation showed a 16% increase in financial management skills; 18 youth explored careers in technical schools, community colleges, universities, reserves and medical fields; 18 youth had their first time job experience earning minimum wage and tracked their spending for five weeks; 18 youth have developed a budget; 16 youth opened a savings account; 18 youth have developed confidence they can enter the workplace and earn money; 18 youth received satisfactory evaluations in the workplace.
  • Head Start Staff & Parents - Basic Money Management & Budgeting Classes knowledge gained: 43% increase in understanding amount of money needed for a personal emergency fund; 42% increase in knowledge in how compound interest adds up over time and the importance of starting early and saving regularly; 37% increase in understanding how savings can be realized by paying off high cost debt; 48% increase in understanding how to calculate net worth; 55% increase in understanding how to track expenses and develop a saving and spending plan; 42% increase in developing SMART financial goals.
  • Bienville Parish Educational Center - Pre-GED Students - 12 Week Lesson Series: 23% increase in knowledge gained in workforce preparedness.
  • High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) – 6-hour Teacher In-Service Workshop: 17 teachers received 6 CLU’s and monetary stipends; 65% reported they were not prepared to teach HSFPP before the workshop. After the workshop, 82% reported they were very well prepared to teach the class;  82% of teachers plan to use HSFPP curriculum in their class programs and would order the free workbooks for their students to use in the classroom; 100% of teachers reported HSFPP would improve the lives of teens when they become adults. Teachers reported the three most beneficial topics they learned were credit rating, savings, and budgeting.
  • Identity Theft - Bienville Parish Retired Teachers’ Association & Council on Aging, Arcadia: 100% of participants reported they learned ways to decrease their chance of having their identity stolen; 100% of participants reported they would guard their personal information to deter theft of their identity.
  • Home Buyer Education classes: 28% increase in knowledge gained in "Navigating Your Way to a New Home;" 25% increase in knowledge gained in "Staying on Course with Financial Management;" 36% increase in knowledge gained in "Sailing through the Mortgage Process;" 16% increase in knowledge gained in "Maintaining and Protecting Your Home."
  • Welcome to the Real World Youth Program: 100% of the youth reported the program was interesting, useful, activities were helpful, and the program will help them in the future.
  • Saving and Investing for Life – Bienville Parish Retired Teachers’ Association: 82% of participants learned ways to track spending and organize record keeping.
  • Saving and Investing for Life – We Care Ministries – series of classes currently in process.
  • Dollar Deci$ion$ with Diane - quarterly financial resource management newsletter distributed to 178 homes.
  • Living Well - quarterly LSU AgCenter Newsletter distributed to178 homes.
  • It’s My Money – presented to youth and parents at the Bienville Parish 4-H Commodity Cookery Contest: 42% increase in knowledge gained by youth and parents combined in basic money management.

4-H and Other Youth Development Features

  • 15 school organizational clubs, 1 Junior Leadership Club, 1 Shooting Sports Club, 1 Horse Club.
  • 35 club organizational volunteer leaders.
  • 425 4-H Members parish wide.
  • Bienville Parish 4-H Hall of Fame Nominee for Bienville Parish is David Saucier.
  • Two 4-H’ers representing Bienville Parish on the State Citizenship Board.
  • One 4-H’er representing Bienville Parish on the State Fashion Board.
  • North Central Regional Representative won by Bienville Parish 4-H’er.
  • Junior Leader Club hosted a service learning project focused on animal abuse and raised over three hundred dollars for Yogie & Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary in Frierson, La.
  • Bienville Parish 4-H clubs participated in a statewide service learning project by collecting over 90 pounds of coke cans and 50,000 tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Monroe, La.
  • 6 schools participated in Youth Wetlands Week.
  • Bienville Parish received 3rd place statewide for Literacy Service Learning Project
  • Bienville Parish received an Excellence in Teamwork Award for collaboration efforts with 21st Century.
  • Elizabeth Lynn won Educational Technology Team Award and Interactive 4-H Educational Website Award on the State level, Southern Regional level and National level.
  • 15% increase of knowledge in financial management skills among elementary 4-H youth.
  • 12% increase of knowledge in financial management skills among high school 4-H youth.
  • 52% of 4-6th grade 4-H members learned that PYF stands for Pay Yourself First.
  • 50% of 7-12th grade 4-H members learned that a check register is a form used for recording all checking account deposits and withdrawals.
  • 18 JET students increased their workforce preparation knowledge by 20% and retained 16.3% of that knowledge six months after the program ended.
  • 23 youth and 4 adult leaders are registered for 4-H University held on the LSU campus.
  • 11 Bienville Parish 4-H’ers and eight adult leaders will rally on the Capitol steps during 4-H Day at the Capitol and attend the 4-H Awards Trip to Blue Bayou Water Park in Baton Rouge, La.
  • 4-H Awards Night recognized 4-H members and leaders for excellence in the program with more than 100 in attendance.
  • 46 campers, six junior leaders, two adult volunteers and one agent have paid and are registered to participate in a 4-H Camp at Camp Grant Walker Educational Center in Pollock, La.
  • 4-H youth received $2300 in scholarships to continue their education.
  • Four youth attended Junior Leadership Conference at Camp Grant Walker.
  • Parish-wide annual fundraiser profited over $5,000.
  • 13 7th & 8th grade youth attended the regional Challenge Camp.
  • 25 youth participated in Jump $tart, dairy and beef poster contests.
  • Katie Ross, 4th Grader from Castor School, won overall state Jump $tart poster contest.
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