2017-09-10 / Insight

MSU Extension: Offering more than you may know

LAPEER TWP. — Michigan State University (MSU) Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

With a presence in nearly every Michigan county, Extension’s mission is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. Whether it’s helping grow Michigan’s agriculture economy, capturing opportunities that use our natural resources in a sustainable way, controlling health care costs by giving individuals the information they need to manage chronic illness or preparing tomorrow’s leaders, MSU

Extension is creating opportunities and building communities that make

Michigan strong, prosperous and a great place to live.

Lapeer County offers knowledgeable staff in Health and Nutrition, Agriculture and Agribusiness and Children and Youth (4-H and Snap-Ed Health Education).


Many people think 4-H is just for kids who live on farms or those interested in raising and selling animals – but that’s not true! Offering a diverse range of topics and interest areas, 4-H is the largest youth development organization in Michigan. In fact, with the guidance of 168 adult volunteers, nearly 500 young people in Lapeer County, ages 5-19, explore what interests and excites them as they grow with 4-H, empowering our young people with skills to lead for a lifetime and become the foundation for future success.

Through MSU Extension, 4-H is supported by dedicated staff including: Kathy George, 4-H Program Coordinator; Jean Kreiner, 4-H Program Aide; Brenda Patrick, 4-H Secretary; and Sarah Graver, 4-H Fundraising Coordinator.

To further support the program, Lapeer County 4-H has 15 committees in which to oversee specific project areas and other various activities, such as the wellknown 4-H Spring Auction, now in its 32nd year. The auction raises the majority of the funds to run the program annually and is well supported by both item donors and bidders alike. This upcoming 4-H Spring and Celebrity Autographed Items Auction will be April 6-7, 2018 at the Lapeer Center Building.

Sept. 1 marked the beginning of the new 4-H year, so now is a great time to join 4-H.

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