Cuming County School Enrichment

Programs presented by Nebraska Extension are research-based and produced by specialists from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, the National 4-H Council and various universities and organizations throughout the United States.

As 4-H participants, your students will also have the opportunity to take part in 4-H activities outside the classroom. Camps, special events, contests, and the Cuming County Fair are a few additional activities students may participate in.

All of our programs are free of charge to all Cuming County teachers & staff. If you have any questions, please contact our Extension staff: Hannah Guenther (hannah.guenther@unl.edu) and Melissa Nordboe (mnordboe2@unl.edu).

How can I get involved?

Click the link below to download a copy of our updated 4-H School Enrichment Program Brochure. Included is a paper registration form to be completed and then mailed or dropped off at the Extension Office.

DOWNLOAD SCHOOL ENRICHMENT BROCHURE

2021-2022 School Enrichment Programs

LIFE SKILLS

Hand Washing | Available for grades 2-6

Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. This lesson will teach youth how to wash their hands correctly. Youth will have an opportunity to actually see how well they have washed their hands using Glo-Germ which fluoresces brightly under an UVA view box. 

Leadership Summit | Available for grades 4-6

This is an amazing hands on curriculum that fosters team building and character development at a young age. Youth will see the world from a new perspective and learn to be more effective leaders. Students will determine their skills, qualities, values, and beliefs of effective leaders through interactive activities.

Smart Cents | Available for grades 5-6

Youth make decisions about how to use money every day and developing sound financial skills early in life can have positive implications as youth grow into adulthood. This school enrichment program is designed to teach youth financial education and includes activities for each lesson. Included are opening questions, activities throughout the lessons, and reflection questions to complete the experiential cycle.

Kids in the Kitchen | Available for grades 1-3, 4-6

Kids in the Kitchen is a program that seeks to get youth engaged with the foods they eat by getting them involved in the cooking process. Each lesson discusses a specific food group, a kitchen safety tip, a food preparation technique, and a recipe! In the middle school curriculum, material is taken one step farther as students learn about the impact that nutrients have on their own growth and development with more in depth learning and more advanced recipes.

AGRICULTURAL LITERACY

Embryology | Available for grades 2-3

This is quite possibly our most popular, most requested school enrichment program. Students will witness the miracle of life in the classroom. It involves the actual hatching of 12 eggs. This program requires 21-28 days to complete. It is a great learning experience for youth and perfect for the spring semester!

Farming in a Glove | Available for grades 2-6

Living in a farming community, it is important for youth to learn about the many factors that go into plant growth. Students will engage in a hands-on activity where they will learn about how to grow plants and the essentials needed to promote plant growth all in a plastic glove.

Tassel to Table | Available for grades 3-6

1 in 4 careers in Nebraska are related to agriculture. To better understand our local and state economy, it is important to understand the food production cycle. Students will learn about Nebraska agriculture and the steps that are a part of getting food from the field to the plate. This program will include interactive activities.

Edible Soil Horizons | Available for grades 3-6

Soil is one of the most precious resources for farmers. Students will identify the three layers of soil and the factors that affect soil quality and soil erosion. Students will create their own edible soil horizon using snack foods. This is a great interactive lesson that fits perfectly in biology, geology, or science classes.

NUTRITION & FOOD SCIENCE

Ag-Citing Science | Available for grades 3-4

This ten-hour program will focus on educating youth about Ag Literacy. Youth will engage in hands on activities which will help them understand where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture to Nebraska. This course has easy to teach interactive lessons, complete with activity kits and all supplies.

Steak Science | Available for grades 5-7

Cuming County is the #1 beef producing county in the state! It is important for our youth to have a proper understand of where their steak comes from. This curriculum will teach students about the different areas of animal science including how to read a food label, different cuts of meat, animal byproducts, proper cooking techniques and careers.

Veggie IQ | Available for grades 1-3

Veggie IQ seeks to provide a new way to educate students about the food groups and shed light on some new vegetables they may have never heard of! This lesson is extremely interactive with students testing their veggie IQ as a class and having a chance to try an array of new vegetables! Using our rule of “One No Thank You Bite”, students practice trying new foods which is an important skill for nutritious eating. We will also play a fun guessing game as we try to identify vegetables using a series of fun food facts.

Rethink Your Drink | Available for grades 4-8

Rethink Your Drink is an eye opening lesson where students will learn and measure exactly how much sugar is in their favorite beverages. They will learn the difference between Go, Slow, and Stop drinks and how to read a food label so they know exactly what is in various beverages. If you are seeing your students with soda, energy drinks, and sugary coffee, this is a great lesson to help them make healthy beverage choices.

HEALTHY LIVING

Choose Food, Fun, & Fitness | Available for grades 2-6

Choose Health, Food, Fun, and Fitness is a program that promotes healthy eating and active living for life. Lessons include fun activities like a fiber relay race, delicious recipes like the great green smoothie, and conclude with students setting their own health goals. It is the most well rounded nutrition program that truly sets the foundation for lifelong healthy choices all the while keeping kids engaged with fun games and delicious recipes.

Looking for something more? 

Give us a call and we will find a School Enrichment curriculum that will fit your classroom needs! Contact us by phone at 402-372-6006.