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Education in Agriculture

"The Clinton High School Agriculture Education program was reestablished in 2008 after not having a program in over 40 years. Currently the program has two full time instructors, Annette Bodie and Shayne Faulkner, and we teach over 200 students each year. Our program offers a Plant and Animal Systems Pathway and a Horticulture Pathway with some additional course work in Agriculture Mechanics. Our facilities consist of two greenhouses, 2 shop and laboratory areas, and a land laboratory where we have animals to use for instructional purposes. Our program also planted and maintains the Laurens County School District 56 Arboretum on the Clinton High School campus, where we have over 80 varieties of trees and over 200 specimens of noble trees to use for educational purposes as well. We have a very active FFA program where our students compete on a local, state and national level. We partner with the Laurens County 4h program to offer other opportunities to our students such as a market swine project." Annette Bodie

"The LDHS Agriculture Program and FFA is service oriented we strive to help our community be a better place through agriculture education and service. Ideally students gain life skills and become better people through traveling through the program. Of course, I think we have a wonderful program that benefits our students but I think it is more important what our students think about the program. Our agricultural programs and FFA chapter help students to excel in life skills such as: communication, teamwork, public speaking and time management. It encourages self growth, confidence building, and enhances in leadership within the school and community. Involvement within agricultural activities helps to promote education in the industry, shape our future leaders, educate on career areas related to agriculture and positively impact others.

I will send you a photo also not sure if you can use” Melanie Birchmore

"Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities. Through the work of caring mentors, 4-H - a positive youth development organization - is cultivating a growing number of America's youth to lead us in a Revolution of Responsibility. Their commitment challenges us all to join the movement toward meaningful change. Laurens County 4-H offers programs, clubs and projects in animal agriculture and veterinary science, natural resources and the environment, gardening, leadership and citizenship, personal growth and development, and science, engineering and technology."

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