Riley picked for 4-H pilot program grant

By Kristina Jackson

Riley County Extension has been selected as a pilot county for a grant distributed by the Kansas 4-H Foundation.

The program, Growing Kansas Leaders 4-H Program Expansion Grant, will help the county Extension put together a team that can examine ways to expand the county’s 4-H program.

The Extension office will receive $5,000 over three years.

“It will allow us to look at ways to recruit additional volunteers,” said Jennifer Wilson, director of Riley County Extension. “It will also allow us to look at ways to involve other youth who aren’t involved in 4-H.”

Riley County was one of three counties selected to take part in the program this year. Five were selected last year.

Wilson also encouraged Riley County residents who are more than 18 years old to vote in the Extension council elections, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4-8 and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 9.

Those elected will work with local Extension staff in areas such as youth development, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development and agricultural development.



Department director Brad Schoen responded to concerns from northern Riley County about lack of police coverage. Schoen said the department currently has an officer training to take over in the area and he will be assigned to the northern part of Riley County soon.

“We’re not forgetting about them, it just takes time to get the right guy up there,” he said.

The community advisory board is also looking for members for the next term. The board has a pool of names but is searching for additional candidates. The board should be finalized by January.

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