By Amanda McBride
The Choctaw Plaindealer
Almost 400 people attended the MSU Extension’s annual Holiday Open House on December 12 at the Choctaw County Library.
Everyone enjoyed entertainment, visits with Santa Claus, the Festival of Trees, MSU ice cream samples, kids’ crafts, visits with two authors and more.
Everyone was asked to vote on his or her favorite tree in the Festival of Trees. The People’s Choice Award goes to the Girlfriends Club and the School Award goes to Ackerman Elementary School Pre-K.
Also part of the Holiday Open House was the WTVA Food for Families Food Drive for Broken Wings. As of December 13, 6,226 pounds of food was collected. The food drive ended December 20.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.
Extension’s overall purpose is education — education that will empower people to make intelligent decisions relating to their vocations, their families, and their environment. Extension’s unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians.
Mississippi State University Extension Service is, and will continue to be, a leader for positive change for individuals, families and communities through the following ways: by providing research and education in a practical and applicable way; by using the latest technology and teaching techniques to serve clients; by developing and using volunteers to help disseminate programs and information; by cooperating with other groups and agencies; and by maintaining a culturally diverse staff responsive to the needs of various audiences at all socio-economic levels.