Extension Board seeks new youth development agent

By Katherine Wartell

The Kansas State Research and Extension Board is taking applications for a 4-H Youth Development Agent to replace Andrea Feldkamp, who announced her resignation recently.

County Extension director Jennifer Wilson told county commissioners that the board is trying to fill the position before the busy summer season. Applications will be accepted until May 7 and interviews will start on June 6. Feldkamp’s last day is April 27.

More information about the job can be found at www.ksre.ksu.edu, by selecting “Job Opportunities,” and then clicking on “4-H Agent” in the right hand column.

At Thursday’s meeting, Wilson also reported the results of the Extension’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She said that volunteers, primarily juniors and seniors in accounting, filed 442 federal tax returns and 482 state tax returns, up approximately 11 percent from 2011.

Wilson said the refunds totaled $596,488, about $100,000 more than last year.

Wilson also told commissioners that Park Quest 2012 starts at the beginning of May.

She said the program is designed for families to have fun together while exploring their local resources. It consists of visiting various parks and answering challenge questions about each park. Wilson said the goal is to visit six of the eight designated parks, which include the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Konza Prairie, Tuttle Creek State Park, Leonardville City Park and Pillsbury Crossing.

Families who want to participate can register their team starting May 3 at the Riley County Extension office, 110 Courthouse Plaza. They will be given a passport to record information for each quest.

Wilson said teams will have until Sept. 6, 2012 to complete their quests and those who successfully complete six quests will be eligible for a grand prize drawing at the Park Quest Finale in CiCo Park.

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