Montezuma School Board member Stacie Cameron, center, accepts the Poweshiek County Friend of 4-H award from 4-H County Council members, from left, Thea Larsson, Ella Stephens, Molly Turley, Hailey Heishman, Anna Johnson and Brooke Conover, during the annual 4-H Awards Day on Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Montezuma Methodist Church. The Montezuma Clover Kids and Montezuma Nature Club nominated the school for the honor.
By J.O. Parker
The Montezuma Community Schools is the recipient of the 2021 Poweshiek County Friend of 4-H award. School board member Stacie Cameron was on hand to receive the honor on behalf of the district at the annual 4-H Awards Day held at the Montezuma Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 7.
The Montezuma Clover Kids and Montezuma Nature Club nominated the school for the honor.
This award recognizes adult volunteers who make a significant contribution (time or money) to the Poweshiek County 4-H program countywide. The recipient can be a business, family or individual. Nominee should have helped 4-H beyond the club level.
“The Montezuma School District has been very supportive of the programs that Poweshiek County 4-H and Outreach has offered,” wrote about the nominators. “They have been very generous with providing us with the opportunity to serve youth not only in the Montezuma area but with youth attending workshops. Not only have they provided facilities for programming, but they have also provided transportation for field trips and for other opportunities.”
“I was honored to accept the Friend of 4-H award on behalf of the Montezuma Community School District,” said Cameron, who serves on the school board. “We understand that learning doesn’t end when students leave our classrooms and that it takes the community working together to help prepare our young people for the future. We are blessed to have such a strong 4-H program in our community that does exactly that and we are honored to be able to partner with them as they work to teach such valuable life skills.”
A spokesperson with the Poweshiek County Extension 4-H and Outreach programs said, “we would like to acknowledge their sincere contributions and their support for the youth we serve and programs that we host.”
“Montezuma Community Schools is both honored and excited to accept the Poweshiek County Friend of 4-H award. We appreciate the partnership that Poweshiek County 4-H and extension has developed with the school,” noted Montezuma Superintendent Nathan Wood. “I can attest to the lifelong skills that I obtained through my own experiences as a 4-H member, many of which have contributed to my own personal and professional growth. As a school, we look forward to continuing our partnership to support the youth of the community.”