Providing cot sheets for Kids First was among the outstanding record book projects recognized during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council on June 5.

The South Tuckerman Extension Homemakers Club was among the 83 local clubs and county councils honored during the awards ceremony held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The 5,000-member state Council is a volunteer organization associated with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. During 2012, the members contributed 600,000 hours of volunteer service statewide for an estimated value of more than $13,000,000. The Extension Homemakers organization offers its members opportunities for education, leadership development and service. The theme for the annual meeting is “The Next 100 Years.” During 2012, the Council celebrated the 100th year of Home Demonstration/Extension Homemakers work in Arkansas. Cot & Baby Bed Sheets for Kids First was the South Tuckerman Club's project in collaboration with Kids First (a program for children with special health care needs). There was a significant need for cot and baby bed sheets at the childcare facility. A total of 40 sheets was made by club members and donated to Kids First. The new sheets allow a cleaner and safer environment for the children while sleeping, and they are more comfortable when napping. Information about Extension Homemakers is available by visiting the website at or calling a county Extension office. The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.