Cherokee County 4-H

PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

BETWEEN

THE CHEROKEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

AND

CHEROKEE COUNTY 4-H PROGRAM

This agreement entered into on this 13th day of October, 2016 by and between The Cherokee County Board of Education, hereinafter referred to as the “School Board” And The Cherokee County 4-H Program, hereinafter referred to as “4-H.”

WHEREAS, the School Board’s mission is to educate the emerging generation through learning environments designed to increase the performance of all students, and

WHEREAS, one of the School Board’s Major System Priorities is to increase parental and community involvement through public engagement policies and practices that treat parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities as true partners in the educational
process, and

WHEREAS, Georgia 4-H’s mission is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge,
developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing,
productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished,
through “hands on” learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental
issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition,
health, energy conservation and citizenship.

WHEREAS, the objective of Cherokee 4-H is that youth development educational
program supplements the training young people receive in the home, church and school.
The objectives are to help boys and girls develop a desire to gain new knowledge, skills
and attitudes through real life experiences; recognize the value of research and learn the
decision-making processes; gain an appreciation for the contributions that agriculture, environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences make to the economy and human
welfare; practice healthful resources and apply conservation principles; strengthen
personal standards and citizenship ideals; strengthen abilities to make intelligent
decisions, solve problems, and manage their own resources and affairs in a fast changing
world; develop their potential by seeking and acquiring educational and vocational
experiences; improve skills in leadership, communication and self-expression; develop
effective interpersonal relationships with adults and other youth and develop concern for
involvement in community and public affairs, and

WHEREAS, Cherokee 4-H’s Code of Ethics states that honesty, fairness, and
consistency are learned, not inherited traits. The most important role an Extension Agent
can play in a young person’s development is acting as a role model by exhibiting these
characteristics.

We realize, as youth educators, the only way a child truly learns and expands their
horizons is by making their own decisions. “Decisions” might include preparing their
own portfolio, or training and grooming a show animal themselves.
4-H Leader’s responsibility is teaching the child the process by which they can
make a decision, present a demonstration, or train an animal using the resources available
to them. Realizing that one 4-H’er may not have the experience or intellectual
development that another may have indicates to the agent or leader that this child may
require more help on their project than others. The 4-Her’s lack of experience or
education should not mean that posters and speeches be automatically written for the
child. Doing the work for the child totally circumvents the learning progression which is
inherent in the framework of 4-H, and

WHEREAS, the process in 4-H work from Cloverleaf to Senior levels was
created to challenge the child’s intellectual, creative, and emotional capacities. Our role is
to help the young person achieve this goal;

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and conditions set forth
herein, the parties agree as follows:

ARTICLE I

The parties agree that the foregoing recitals are true and correct and incorporated
herein by reference:

ARTICLE II

The School Board will:

  1. Provide the use of buses for transportation for students to attend public speaking
    competitions held at 4-H Centers, summer camps and classes, leadership forums
    and State 4-H events held at the University of Georgia campus as specified by
    both parties (day trips and overnights).
  2. Provide the use of and access to the Teacher Work Center at ACE Academy.
  3. Provide the use of school parking lots annually for the Cherokee County 4-H Rabies Clinics, an annual community service project.
  4. Provide a school sponsor at each facility and the location/schedule adapted to fit
    the needs of each school.
  5. Promote 4-H programs through the Virtual Community Bulletin Board located on
    the School District Web site and other existing communication channels,
    including inter-office mail provided there is no expense to the School Board.
  6. Provide an appropriate location/facility to conduct the 4-H Annual Awards
    Program and possible evening meetings.
  7. Provide the opportunity for make-up work for students who attend 4-H events.

ARTICLE III

4-H will:

  1. Provide a monthly educational program to fifth and sixth grade students from
    October through April that is supplemental to classroom curriculum. Presently, 38 programs are conducted in the school system.
  2. Abide by the rules and regulations contained in the facility use contract at each
    facility and those contained in the Community Use of System Facilities Policy
    (KG), including custodial and supervisory fees when applicable.
  3. Provide a middle school program after school at Teasley Middle, Freedom Middle School, Mill Creek Middle and Woodstock Middle Schools with sponsors.
  4. Provide a monthly night county council 4-H meeting for students who are
    currently not accommodated by the aforementioned programs, also a monthly 4-H
    horse club and a weekly 4-H project SAFE team and the opportunity for all
    students to participate.
  5. Submit an agenda, schedule, and approximate mileage and driver times for trips
    when school buses are used to the School District Transportation Department and
    Assistant Superintendent, School Operations. The County Extension Coordinator
    will verify driver times. All field trips/athletic regulations will be followed.
  6. Provide an informational packet to administrators, including course offerings,
    field trip opportunities and the Environmental Education Program. All programs
    meet the Georgia Performance Standards.
  7. Accept all children/interested participants for participation within its programs
    without regard to their gender, race, political affiliation, age, national origin or
    handicapping condition or any other discrimination recognized and prohibited by State or Federal Law. Children/participants with handicaps must be provided
    all necessary levels of supervision and must be included within the activities of
    the partnering organization. As a result of this partnership agreement, 4-H must
    adhere to all local, State or Federal laws regarding education.

ARTICLE IV

The term of this contract is October 13, 2016 through October 13, 2017. This contract shall automatically renew for additional terms not to exceed five years unless either party notifies the other at least 60 days prior to renewal date.

ARTICLE V

This contract may be terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written
notice to the other party with or without cause. All notice of this contract shall be given to the Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools at 110 Academy Street, Canton, Georgia 30114, and to the Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Service, 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.