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A Raleigh school, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS), and North Carolina's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have been named 2006 Partner in 4-H award winners. The partnerships with 4-H were recognized at a luncheon during state 4-H Congress held recently at North Carolina State University and other Raleigh locations.
The Partner in 4-H award is designed to recognize individuals, groups or business organizations, foundations, associations, governmental bodies and other institutions that have worked closely with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in supporting the 4-H program.
A.B. Combs Leadership Elementary School in Raleigh was recognized for leadership in 4-H's “Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts” service project in fall 2005. The school helped create and donate Clover Kits, activity kits for children in shelters following hurricanes in Mississippi and Louisiana. These kits, along with essentials kits of toiletries, were delivered to the Gulf Coast region in October.
The NCDA&CS was honored for being a driving force behind the “Helpful Hands, Healing Hearts” project. Under the leadership of Commissioner Steve Troxler, the organization's Commodity Foods program contributed seven tractor-trailer trucks and drove them across the state to pick up relief kits assembled by North Carolina 4-H'ers. After the kits were consolidated into five trucks, the NCDA&CS team drove three to Mississippi and two to Louisiana, delivering 8,500 boxes and more than $13,000 to families in need.
North Carolina's Touchstone Energy co-ops were recognized for leadership, vision and monetary support for the newly developed Citizenship North Carolina Focus conference, a legislative conference for more than 120 4-H members from across the state. At this conference, 4-H'ers discussed local and state issues in workshops; participated in a live taping of “NC Spin,” a public affairs television show broadcast across the state; and met with state legislators so government officials could hear first-hand the thoughts and concerns of the next generation of North Carolina's leaders.
Approximately 700 4-H'ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents attended 4-H Congress, the high point of the 4-H year.
The 4-H program is conducted by North Carolina Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 199,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 24,000 adult and youth volunteers.
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