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Upcoming centennial celebration commemorates service to Georgians

Published: 08/26/14 8:30AM
By: bradleyc

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Georgians from across the state are invited to attend a celebration commemorating 100 years of service. On Saturday Sept. 6, Fort Valley State University will host the Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the FVSU Health and Physical Education Complex. The event is free and open to the public.

The centennial celebration commemorates the signing of the 1914 Smith-Lever Act. This act helped to establish the Cooperative Extension System at land-grant universities. The Cooperative Extension System is a national educational network comprised of universities like Fort Valley State University and the University of Georgia. FVSU's Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) operates regional offices in more than 25 Georgia counties. Free research based programming and services are offered to farmers, small business owners, youth and seniors by 14 FVSU county extension agents, two FVSU program assistants and additional FVSU CEP personnel.

Joy Moten-Thomas, FVSU's assistant administrator for community development and outreach, said the centennial celebration is a family oriented event where residents can learn about FVSU's CEP.

"This is an opportunity for us to open our doors and fully immerse Georgians in the programming we offer throughout the state. This is our opportunity to showcase our personnel, and pay it forward to the people that we serve," Moten-Thomas said.

During the celebration, participants will be able to learn about farm animals through a live exhibit, participate in 4-H fitness activities and learn how to grow vegetables in planter boxes. Towards the programs end, light refreshments will be served. Participants are also encouraged to attend the first home football game where the FVSU Wildcats will compete against the Delta State University Statesmen at 2 p.m. following the celebration.

Interested persons can pre-register for the celebration at the Centennial Celebration page (http://ag.fvsu.edu/index.php/events/smith-lever-centennial-celebration/). PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Participants who pre-register before Sept. 4 will pre-qualify to receive a free game ticket. For more information about the event, contact Joy Moten-Thomas at 478.825.6954 or thomasb@fvsu.edu.