Posted on August 17, 2014 at 10:15 PM by Global Reach
Jackie Tibbs grew up on a farm in Preston, in Hardin County where her family raised crops and livestock. She attended Iowa State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education. Jackie then taught at a middle school in St. Joe, Iowa, until she married Allen Tibbs, a Hardin County farmer. Since then, she has kept busy helping Allen on the farm, gardening, and raising two children, Laura and Joseph.
Though she was not in 4-H growing up, Jackie had seen the good it did for her older sister, friends, and husband. She wanted her children to have that influence. She also recognized a need for an activity beyond school and sports in the community. She wanted to give her children and other students a chance to explore and create. To fill this need, she started a Clover Kids club at Alden Elementary School while her children were still young. As her children grew, she became the co-leader, then leader of the Alden Active Achievers 4-H club, where she remains active today.
Jackie values what 4-H has done for her family. 4-H gives her children new opportunities to learn and explore through the many programs in areas from Animal Science and Horticulture to Technology and Communications. In addition, she has seen that being active in a club, holding leadership positions, giving presentations, and keeping records has benefitted her own children and other young people in the community by teaching them organization, responsibility, and the value of service to others.
Not only does 4-H provide opportunities to learn and grow, it is also an activity that the whole family can do together and just have fun!