06/12/20: We have been in a pandemic for the past three months. If I had one word to describe my mindset, it would be resilient. We are living in trying and difficult times, but I am trying to make the most of it from a professional standpoint. All four of our EYFP families seem to be in good spirits. The caregivers said that their children are exhausted with virtual homework online with their respective schools.
One of the Onslow County EYFP families recently visited a small farm in the Broad Creek Community. The youth and parent enjoyed playing with and taking care of the miniature ponies and pot belly pigs. The youth said, “My experience with the miniature ponies is the highlight of my month!” It was a dream come true for her, because she is an animal lover and always wanted to take care of horses.
During this pandemic time, I have also created partnerships with the Carteret County Sheriff’s Department, Carteret County Health Department, Carteret County Department of Social Services, Onslow County Health Department, and Sneads Ferry United Methodist Church in Onslow County. My Carteret County Extension Staff colleague Stephanie Stevenson, our area Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Tamara Jones from the Carteret County Health Department, and one of the wonderful ladies from the Onslow County Health Department helped me with pictures for an EYFP collage.
It came out really well! I look forward to working more with these partners in the future!