Excerpts from Former Summer Intern Reports
I can’t believe that four weeks have gone by already! The summer is flying by, but I am enjoying all my experiences. I am anxious to do my special project next month. I am going to be teaching a Cooking for One class at a senior community center and one at a senior apartment complex. I have been working on getting my materials together and preparing the agenda. One thing I love about working in extension is the wide variety of people I am working with. One day I was with the kids at the YMCA and the next day I was playing bingo with the seniors. The variety is what keeps this job interesting.
Elizabeth Creed, Jefferson County Intern
Woodford County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
The week following the Fair, we were in full swing for final 4-H camp preparations, but first I had my intern project to attend. On July 17th, eight teen delegates representing four counties attended a District V Teen Lock-in at the Adair County Extension Office. The evening was full of fun, engaging activities that helped teens to get to know one another, as well as hopefully learn a little about themselves. Swimming, competing with one another in team activities, speed cup stacking competitions, and team bonding exercises proved to pull the youth out of their shells enough to communicate with one another about the upcoming school year and its potential events. The Lock-in was a success with a 22% attendance rate by the counties. I believe that these teens accomplished my goal of scheduling a Teen activity for this Fall, and it can hopefully continue to evolve from there. After donuts early on Wednesday morning, the youth had all but bit the dust, and they headed for home, to take back what they learned and experienced at the District V Lock-in.
Staci Newsome, Adair County Intern
Staci Thrasher, Owen County 4-H Youth Development Agent
During week twelve, I focused mainly on Market in the Park and attended Intern Roundup on Thursday. I found out early in the week, too, that the grant I had written during week ten was a success, as I received $2,000 from the West Liberty Tourism Commission to pay for advertising, entertainment, and door prizes for Market in the Park. This event allowed Morgan County Farmers Market members to set up their produce in Old Mill Park, alongside local artisans with their crafts and handmade goods, and sell to the public on Saturday, August 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The idea for the project was to promote the Farmers Market and I believe it definitely served its purpose, since several of the members sold out of produce, and one made more than $600 in the short amount of time. The event was a huge success and it made the front page of the Licking Valley Courier this week. There were more than 40 vendors, all from Morgan County, selling everything from produce and baked goods to sorghum and cornmeal to rag rugs and paintings to birdhouses and homemade candles. As far as guests, 338 people registered for door prizes, which ended at 1:00 p.m., so I am sure there were more than 400 people who attended throughout the course of the day.
Courtney Lacy, Morgan County Intern
Courtney Jenkins, Menifee Co. Ag & Natural Resources Agent
The first half of the month was strictly preparing for and carrying out the county fair. What a week! It was especially interesting since our county Agriculture Agent had his state meeting and our 4-H Agent’s daughter was having a baby. It seemed as if I was placed right in their shoes. Being that I usually enjoy staying busy, I didn’t mind being the “go-to” guy for a good portion of the fair. Some of my duties included: judging fruits and vegetables, checking in exhibits, fixing speaker, PA system, and golf cart malfunctions, operating the skid steer loader to set up and tear down livestock shows, as well as enjoying a few activities and food. After 72 hours of being on the fairgrounds during the week, it was safe to say I had enough county fair for one year.
Mike Meyer, Harrison County Intern
Harrison County 4-H Youth Development Agent
LEAP was my special project for the summer. I implemented the program with three age groups at two local daycare centers. During my visits, I read the children a book either about healthy eating habits or physical activity. After story-time, I gave the children a taste sample based on the topic of the book. For example, we read D.W., the Picky Eater, in which the character D.W. hated spinach. When the whole family took Grandma Thora out for her birthday, D.W. tried it and actually discovered she liked spinach. After completing the book, I had the children taste spinach. Like D. W., most of the children liked it after giving it a try!
Amber Meeks, Casey County Intern
McLean County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent
Mid-week I anticipated a day of embarrassment at Quantrell Cadillac. This was the Weight-The Reality Series session that I would have to demonstrate the exercises that I had previously practiced in the privacy of my room. However, now was the time that I would have to go on public display and prove just how physically fit I may or may not be – YIKES! My palms sweated as Amelia and I set up the participants’ lunch and handouts. I knew that time was cracking down as the hands on the clock seem to have sped time along. How was I going to make this entertaining without actually being the entertainment? Contrary to my anxiety I actually did pretty well. I showed the participants core exercises using an exercise ball and dumbbell exercises, while Amelia demonstrated how to use exercise bands. Most of the exercises were inexpensive, time friendly and very easy to be done at work or while watching television at home. I tell you, it’s a lot pressure just trying to balance on one of those exercise balls alone, so just imagine the pressure to do it while others are watching. Before I knew it, it was over and I could finally breathe again.
Natasha Saunders, Fayette County Intern
Extension and Student Recruitment and Retention, UK College of Agriculture Office of Diversity
During my sixth week I was able to see what chaos in an office place feels like. It was the week before the fair and everyone was rushing around trying to make sure that all last minute preparations were being taken care of. I wasn’t aware that the extension office was such a large part of the fair. And while preparing for the fair, we were also preparing for camp so going through paperwork and finalizing programs and t-shirt orders also took place during this time. It was nice to be busy and have projects to do to feel of importance.
Teran Ransom, Bourbon County Intern
Hardin County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent