Over the Mark Award presented to local 4H Program Associate for second year in a row

Pictured with Carol Pitts (center) is Dr. Rich Bonanno Associate Dean, CALS and Director, NC State Extension and Dr. Rosalind Dale  Associate Dean and Extension AdministratorNC A&T Extension Administration. photo by Ken Martin

Diane Peltz Contributing Writer

Carol Pitts, nutrition educator and Macon County 4H program associate, was recently awarded the “Over the Mark” award at the North Carolina EFNEP’s (Expanded Food Nutrition Education Program) Conference. This award has five categories in which she won all five, for the second year in a row,  as a result of her exemplary achievements in which recipients must exceed targeted outreach of 5% or more in any of the five categories. Pitts not only met that goal but surpassed it by 90%, doubling the number of students involved in her program.  Individuals who receive this award excel at outreach and partnership, adjusting their schedules to meet participants where they are and when they can meet. They form solid partnerships with community organizations that result in EFNEP goals being met.

EFNEP provides nutrition education for limited-resource families in Macon County to help them make better choices when planning and preparing meals. Pitts splits her time in 4H with her time in Macon County Schools. She teaches nutrition to first, third and fifth graders and also teaches a nutrition class at LBJ Job Corps. Classes run for six weeks for an hour a week. 

“I always try to encourage others. One thing I like to say,  ‘Eat, play and be healthy.’  If you’re not having fun you need to find another activity. I think we should make kids think of physical activities as playing…. not work. I still like to play.” 

She is also very involved in crafting on her own time.  She enjoys book-folding and Appalachian basket weaving.

As a young girl, Pitts grew up with 4H in Atlanta, Ga., where she went on to become Program Associate in 2008.  Pitts is married to Steve Pitts and has two daughters, Savannah, 25, who is a teacher in Tennessee and Jacquelyn, 23, who is a nurse. Both girls participated in the 4H club in Georgia and North Carolina, and the  girls attended Rabun Gap College Preparatory School.

Aside from her duties in the Macon County Schools, Pitts teaches several classes for the Macon County 4H Club.  Cooking, crafts, archery, air rifle/air pistol are among the classes that she teaches. She has tripled the number of children enrolled in the archery program from 12 to 50. She is always available to fill in when needed and greets all her students with enthusiasm and respect.

For more information on the 4H club activities, contact Carol Pitts at carol_pitts@nsc.edu or call (828)349-2046.