Three Community Pride Grants were recently awarded to members of the St. Johns County 4-H Program. This year’s grants were awarded to the Marine Ecology 4-H Club, the Outdoor Buckaroos 4-H Club and the St. Johns County 4-H Program leadership team.
The Marine Ecology 4-H Club, led by Mrs. Janet Koehler and Dr. Clare Bailey, was awarded $140 to support a scientific study on the breeding of larval mosquitoes in a local cemetery and educational efforts to reach out to the public with presentations and news articles addressing this issue. The Outdoor Buckaroos 4-H Club, led by Mrs. Ashley Bermeo and Mrs. Mary Lou Brown, was awarded $300 in support of their annual efforts to recognize local veterans with a dinner and a meaningful presentation of appreciation of service. St. Johns County 4-H Program leadership team, led by 4-H’er Henry Keating, was awarded $100 to support efforts to help St. Francis House, a local homeless shelter that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew, with food collection for their food pantry. The grant for the St. Francis House was generously increased by a $300 private donation.
The Community Pride grants are awarded by the Florida 4-H Foundation. Youth taking part in Community Pride projects use their head, heart, hands and health to learn more about their community and the impact it has on their lives, develop skills and knowledge in community leadership, gain experience in carrying out community projects to improve their environment and develop an interest in and love for their community.
To learn more about 4-H or to enroll in the St. Johns County 4-H program please go to our website at: http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml . Caring adults interested in working with youth should contact the St. Johns County 4-H Office to learn of the many volunteer opportunities with in the 4-H Youth Development Program.
4-H and all programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, St. Johns County/University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. 4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. As one of our nation’s oldest, yet most current organizations, 4-H is reaching millions of young people with positive youth development opportunities.