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Extension Snapshots 2020

Deb Donaldson discussing nutrition to others

What I Do and Why It Matters - Deb Donaldson

Deb Donaldson has worked with many young children, teens, new moms, and elderly people during her 19 years as an EFNEP instructor. She enjoys teaching nutrition and cooking skills. “I help a wide variety of people (youth, teens, new moms, elderly, etc.) learn how to eat better, cook homemade food...
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What I Do and Why It Matters - Nicole Flowers-Kimmerle

Nicole began her career with University of Illinois Extension in 2019. “As an agriculture and natural resources educator, I help provide information about growing plants and natural resources.  Trainings, answering homeowner questions, and supporting master volunteers are all ways that I can...
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4-H teens pose for a group shot

Peoria teens help boost virtual 4-H Show involvement

Peoria County 4-H members look forward to the day they are old enough to become a Junior Superintendent at the 4-H Show. That volunteer role holds a special place of honor for a small group of teens each year. While their responsibilities looked very different for the 2020 Virtual 4-H Show, the...
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What I Do and Why It Matters - Mari Lopez

Mari was hired to the University of Illinois Extension EFNEP team in 2016. She became the second English-Spanish bilingual team member. “I teach nutrition program to children, teens, and adults in the Peoria area. I teach them how to cook and exercise as well as encourage them to be healthy. My...
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What I Do and Why It Matters - Skye Mibbs

In 2019, Skye became an Illinois Extension SNAP-Ed instructor focused in Mason County. “I really enjoy teaching the young kids, but it doesn’t matter what age you are, nutrition is important to learn and there is always new information. I aim to educate people to help them increase their knowledge...
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Trucks preparing to install broadband in rural setting

Building capacity for broadband expansion

Broadband technologies and applications are an integral part of any economic development effort in today’s economy. Having access to broadband and enhancing people’s knowledge and application of this valuable resource is vital to the social and economic well-being of the region. University of...
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4-H Cloverbud holding project

Positive youth development continues through 4-H virtual shows

Local 4-Hers did not let the cancelation of the regular 4-H Shows stop them from exhibiting their 4-H projects with the same pride and skill development as they have shown in the past. Thanks to the hard work, creative thinking, and ingenuity of the University of Illinois Extension staff, 327 youth...
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little boy in wheelchair using stethoscope

Stethoscope aids SNAP-Ed lessons in a unique way

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year Julie Dantone, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—Education instructor was presented with a unique challenge as she was kicking off the Organ Wise Guys curriculum at Dirksen Primary School in Pekin. How do you teach a child to check their pulse...
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