Upcoming Events



ServSafe® Certification

Regional Extension Agent, Bridgette Brannon will be offering the ServSafe® certification course October 27th and 28th at the Henry County Extension Office located at 101 North Doswell Street in Abbeville.

The cost is $125 or $120 if you register online and includes the 2 day class, ServSafe® course book, and certification exam. Bridgette is a part of a 9 member team of Food Safety, Regional Extension Agents who are certified to teach the course.

For more information about food safety certification, call or email Bridgette Brannon at 334-714-1248 or huttobf@auburn.edu. Or visit www.aces.edu/foodsafety. Interested participants should register for class at least 2 weeks prior to the class date if possible.

PROSPER Program

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The PROSPER Strengthening Families Program 10-14 in Henry County has graduated 75 families in four years.

PROSPER All Stars program graduated 226 students in 2015. Both ACES Programs dealing with anti-drug, alcohol and bulling have resulted in 5% reduction Juvenile Court cases in Henry County.

The PROSPER program is making an impact in the youth of Henry County. PROSPER stands for Promoting School Community University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience in our communities throughout Alabama.

PROSPER uses a parent, youth and family skills-building curriculum to:

  1. prevent teen substance abuse and other risky behavior
  2. strengthen parenting skills in adults and coping skills in youth
  3. build on family strengths and the family unit

The Henry County PROSPER team chose two evidence-based programs – Strengthening Families and PROSPER ALL Stars – targeted toward families of middle school students (sixth and seventh grades).

The curriculum is grounded in 20 years of research-based information, and the training provided for both team members and facilitators is outstanding, thus enabling us to teach these programs and effectively make a difference in the lives of our youth.

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Seventh Annual Henry County Groundwater Festival

Seventh Annual Henry County Groundwater Festival

The 7th Annual Henry County Ground Water Festival was held on April 17, 2015 at Landmark Park in Dothan, Alabama. The sponsor driven program was structured to help educate the 217 Henry County Fourth Grade Students in the importance of protecting our ground water for the future from potential sources of pollution. It also educates the students in the need for conservation of one of our most precious natural resources: water.

Sponsors provided funds to purchase educational materials and to transport the students. Sponsors included businesses, water authorities, government agencies, commissioners and the Henry County School System. A Ground Water Festival Committee was formed and representatives from these businesses and agencies were members.

The program began with an in-school segment on Protecting Our Water – A Renewable Resource during their monthly 4-H program. This helped to prepare the students for the field trip the following month.

On the day of the Ground Water Festival the entire Fourth Grade Class of the Henry County School System traveled to our field trip location. Fifty volunteers and committee members assisted in teaching the students through structured curriculum the importance of protecting and conserving our drinking water through hands on activities during the event. Ten teachers also participated in the event.

Feedback from teachers, volunteers, sponsors and students concluded that the 2015 Ground Water Festival held in Henry County was a complete success. Students learned much about conservation of drinking water and just how precious our water supplies are to use. Many said they would use the things they learned at the Ground Water Festival to change something at their home to conserve water to make a difference for the future.