Genesee County 4-H receives Children’s Champion award

Michigan State University Extension 4-H Genesee County received the 2013 Children’s Champion Award for an Outstanding Business, Organization, Government Agency or Community Initiative from the nonprofit group Priority Children. Genesee County 4-H was one of five organizations selected from a group of 20 nominees for the award that celebrates the commitments of its recipients to children and youth.

Extension educator Darren Bagley who was nominated for an individual award – the Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult award – accepted the award for MSU Extension 4-H Genesee County Feb. 8 at the Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint.

The banquet was well attended even though many schools were closed due to snowy weather and poor road conditions. Darren was not aware that 4-H had won. He was surprised and pleased when the organization’s name was announced.

Darren said, “The room had more than 900 people in attendance, including many influential community members, two state representatives, county commissioners, numerous school board members and staff from local foundations. While accepting the award for 4-H, I had the opportunity to speak, and I highlighted the value of Extension programming and the need for continued support in our community.”

Priority Children is a nonprofit corporation representing volunteers from business, civic affairs, charitable organizations, education, the faith community, government, and health and human services. The group aims to improve the quality of life for children and families in Genesee County.

As is so often the case, recognition for an MSUE program is recognition for our staff who lead the program and the many volunteers and participants who enrich it with their expertise and commitment. Congratulations to all for this recognition – something we already know they deserve. It’s great to have the community recognize their contributions as well!

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