With a the successful introduction of the 4-H Embryology Program in 2015, Jackson County 4-H has expanded it’s 4-H Poultry Education Program and is proud to announce that year two was an even bigger success! Funds from a small grant written and received by Jackson 4-H Agent Angel Granger, along with donations from the Marianna Tractor Supply Store enabled the introduction of four incubators and supplies into first and second grade classrooms at Malone School and a second grade class at Dayspring Christian Academy in 2015, serving 95 students. With the help of a second small grant in 2016, Jackson County 4-H was able to purchase two additional incubators and serve classrooms at Sneads and Grand Ridge in addition to the classrooms at Malone and Dayspring.
At the conclusion of this school year the program has served 535 students. Plans are already in the works to add additional classrooms and to have a fall incubation cycle!
Most people do not realize just how much is gained by exposing children to these types of programs. In a 21 day period, they are further developing biology, engineering, science, math, and environmental science skills, and learning a sustainable agriculture skill. Funding is the biggest obstacle for delivery of this program as just one incubator costs $140, not to mention the cost of brooding supplies and feed. So far, there have been no costs incurred for supplying eggs because all the eggs have been donated by the 4-H Agent or the classroom teachers.
Donations towards the purchase of additional materials to increase the reach of the Jackson County 4-H Poultry Education are welcomed.