Mobile 4-H Volunteer
Inducted December 7, 2010
Honeysuckle is a good word to describe this 4-H volunteer leader. Jerry Gibson has been a volunteer for the Classroom in the Forest: Forest in the Classroom™ program since its beginning more than 16 years ago. Like the hardy Southern, sweet-smelling vine, Ms. Jerry, as she is fondly called by school children and parents, is a tough but sweet conservationist.
As a private forest landowner, Ms. Jerry is always willing to teach a child a lesson about the importance of being a good steward of the land. She is always willing to share a story about the wise management of natural resources. She loves sharing with children the importance of trees and how the trees she grows on her land may one day be used. She wants them to learn about the wide variety of products derived from trees, such as paper and pencils for schools, lumber for houses, and many things of which many people aren’t even aware.
Thanks to Ms. Jerry’s help and involvement in the program, Classroom in the Forest: Forest in the Classroom™ reaches more than 6,500 students per year in Mobile County and many more in Washington County.
4-H is about growing young minds, growing young leaders every day. “Goodness knows honeysuckle grows!”
Nominated by Maranda Marks