The month of April is Florida 4-H Volunteer appreciation month! We are using this time to thank of our non-traditional, but undoubtedly exceptional volunteers that enable us to inspire and educate the youth of Nassau County.
Nassau County 4-H is blessed to have so, so many volunteers that it truly is incredibly difficult choosing only a few to highlight in April. We’d would now like to spotlight Shelly Terrell!
Shelly Terrell’s involvement with 4-H is rooted in our local fair’s, especially livestock, festivities but has since grown into so much more. Shelly has a strong vision, great organization, and thoughtful ideas for how we as a community can improve youth’s agricultural projects. She is innovative and genuine in wanting only the best for our community’s youth. During COVID Shelly was a true partner in organizing and celebrating our youth livestock showmanship contest. Last fair she could always be found with a smile, helpful hand, and a plan for running the many quality youth livestock programs she oversaw. Outside of the fair, Shelly has started bringing 4-H into her classroom, serving as the lead teacher for all of her grade level in running the kindergarten program “I am a Scientist!”. Not only were her students well mannered and invested in the project, they were the best classroom in recanting the 4-H pledge at the start of the lesson each week. After the program her students were interested in continuing their lesson by growing “space tomatoes” as part of a 4-H citizen science project. She has offered to help assist in future projects, clinics, workshops, and shows to benefit both 4-H and FFA youth in Nassau County and beyond.
Shelly always has a smile, a willing ear, and a positive drive to do well by our youth. She has been a true friend and partner, not just this year but for many years and hopefully many more to come.
Thank you for being an awesome volunteer and friend.
You Rock, Shelly!