The Georgetown Conservation District has assisted with the FFA Team at Carvers Bay High School to attend the FFA State Convention and to attend the FFA Camp during the summer. The District helped the team to purchase their FFA jackets and to attend the FFA officer workshop.
Commissioners School for Agriculture
Each year the Georgetown Conservation District holds a Photography Contest. All seventh grade students are eligible to enter. The winner for 2018 was Clavin Lee, a student at Georgetown Middle School.
The Georgetown Soil and Water Conservation District strives to promote conservation education by providing conservation educational programs and contests for all of the students in Georgetown County.
The Georgetown Conservation District awarded a $500.00 scholarship in 2018 to a student in the field of natural resources or conservation. Nicole Lawson was chosen to receive the scholarship. A student at Horry Georgetown Technical College majoring in Forestry and Wildlife Management, Nicole stays active working in the community and attending school. Recipients are selected to receive scholarships based on their grades, community involvement, essay and career goals. Nicole is pictured (left) below with her instructor Deanna Ruth.
Each year the South Carolina Future Farmers of America and Horry Georgetown Technical College host the Wildlife Career Development Event at the HGTC campus. At this competition over 200 high school students from across the state who are interested in managing our natural resources in the future compete. The Georgetown Conservation District assists each year with the competition
The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Center and Environmental Educational Center hold an annual Career Day for local schools. NRCS staff member Debbie Mann assists with soils presentations and other information for the students.
Carvers Bay FFA
This week long program which is held at Clemson University, is for rising 11th and 12th grade students with a genuine interest in the fields of agriculture and natural resources. It allows the students to explore the academic and career possibilities related to agriculture and natural resources. The District will sponsor a county student if accepted. In 2018 the District is sponsoring FFA student, Daveon Homes to attend.
The District sponsors an annual Poster Contest for Third Grade students. Posters are submitted as a class project and the winning class receives pizza or ice-cream for a party. The theme for 2018 was "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home". The winning class was Ms. Paige William's class at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
The Conservation District sponsors students to attend 4H Summer Camp. It offers traditional camp activities with plenty of fun, friends, and adventure. The activities include swimming, canoeing, a climbing tower, nature hikes, team sports, archery, riflery, nightly skits and games, dance, talent show and 4H animals. In 2018 two students were sponsored to attend the week long camp.
This outdoor environmental workshop is held at King's Mountain State Park in June. It is for 10th to 12th grade students. They learn about the diversity of our natural resources through fun activities and the variety of career choices within the environmental field. The District will sponsor a student if accepted. In the smmer of 2018 Sydni Thomas was sponsored to attend.
Each year the Conservation District sponsors an essay contest for all Sixth Grade students in the county. The topic of the 2018 contest was "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home". The student's essays explored many good ways to protect and preserve our watersheds.
The winners of this year's competition were: from Carvers Bay Middle School - 1st Place Morgan Holmes and 2nd Place Arianna Dennis, from the Georgetown School of the Arts and Sciences - 1st Place Annika Villafranca and 2nd Place Logan Swails, from the Georgetown Middle School - 1st Place Khalil Johnson and 2nd Place Kiley Lambert, from Waccamaw Intermediate School - 1st Place Konstantina Sitas and 2nd Place Elijah Cox. Mrs Freshette at Waccamaw Intermediate School was the teacher who submitted the most essays.
This competition is a hands-on environmental competition for students in grades 9 - 12 from across the state. Teachers train their team members in the areas of forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics and a current environmental issue. First place winners receive scholarships. The District sponsored a team from the Carver's Bay FFA to attend the competition in 2019.
In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Georgetown Conservation District donates conservation education books from the new "green" book series to local school libraries. The books educate children on how they can become more eco-friendly. They are made from recycled materials and the theme of the books is recycling.