Annual Youth Event in Covington County
By Trish Gable, SWCD District Education Specialist, SWCD/NRCS, Andalusia, AL
(l-r back row) SWCD Supervisors Wayne Reynolds and Don Ingram and Essay Contest Winners - Third Place Kassie Townsend, Second Place Brittany Allred, and First Place Katherine White - and SWCD Chairman Bobby Jackson. (l-r seated) Poster Contest Winners: Third Place Lain McCollough, Second Place Zachariah Taner and First Place Nora Rose Hollinghead.
Students from across Covington County were honored on April 25, 2013, at the Annual Youth Event for their achievements in several area-wide conservation contests. Over 90 parents and teachers shared in the fun, food and fellowship at the Oakwood Lodge.
This year’s theme, "Where Does Your Water Shed?" was illustrated by the posters covering the walls made by participating third graders.
Bobby Jackson, Covington County SWCD Chairman, welcomed the participants, their families and visitors and a few of the third grade students explained a some facts about watersheds.
Education Specialist Patricia Gable divided everyone into teams to compete in a PowerPoint game about water. Did you know the average person uses 70 gallons of water each day?
Next, Mr. Fred Kelley, Pleasant Home Envirothon Team sponsor, thanked the District for their support and described some of the events his team of five students competed in.
Afterward, NRCS District Conservationist, Steve Yelverton presented a program about the role the Covington County SWCD/NRCS plays throughout this county and the programs available to assist county landowners.
Cash awards and trophies were presented to the Essay and Poster Contests winners for Covington County. The District supported interest in the contests by providing an educational instruction program for the classes in addition to donating $450. Poster board, student booklets, and educational manuals was provided to all third grade teachers.
After the program everyone enjoyed the fellowship and a hamburger –hot dog dinner.
The Youth Event was co-sponsored by the Covington County Commission, Covington County Farmers Federation, City of Andalusia, and the Covington County Forestry Planning Committee.