PUEBLO, Colo. — CSU’s Extension Office in Pueblo County gave their longtime employee Carol Kuhns the ultimate goodbye Wednesday.
The office threw a goodbye parade to thank her for the past 50 years.
“I had a lot of different positions, but I’ve never left the same desk,” Kuhns said.
She’s a jack of all trades, but her work with the office’s 4-H Youth Programs will be unmatched.
“I was 7 when she started working in 4-H,” Pueblo County Fair Board’s Thomas Coffield said. “She is just has a loving and nurturing nature, and kids respond to her well.”
To Kuhns, it’s all about the kids. Throughout the years, she’s coordinated hundreds of camps, gone on dozens of trips, and has seen thousands of 4-H members and their children take part in one of the best youth programs in the nation.
“I just love kids,” Kuhns said.
Many of the kids she’s worked with have grown up to be doctors, lawyers, chefs, and even Miss Colorado.
“I feel good,” Kuhns said. “Not sure my husband does. It’s a lot of meetings.”
Her legacy will be remembered.
“It’s wealth and knowledge that will walk out the door,” Coffield said.
However, Kuhns is excited for the office to enter this new chapter.
“I already have a girl who’s coming into my position,” she said. “I told her to surround herself with people that know what they are doing.”
Her dedication to 4-H and Pueblo County Youth earned her the 2018 National Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.