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Agriculture

Teachers invited to apply for Ag in Classroom grants

The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation, along with the Illinois Farm Bureau, announce their 2018-19 Classroom Grant program.

Teachers are urged to apply for classroom grants, up to $300, to incorporate new and exciting agriculture-related topics into their existing classrooms.

In addition, four $250 special book grants are available for teachers to easily incorporate lessons tied to the Common Core Learning Standards, into their existing language arts and social studies curriculums.

“Our teacher grants are an added bonus for teachers looking to incorporate new and creative ideas into their classrooms during these financially challenging, school funding times,” said Kevin Daugherty, education director, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Teachers are urged to contact their local agriculture literacy coordinator for ideas and assistance in applying for their grants.

“Bureau County offers a variety of topics easy for teachers to incorporate into their current curriculum,” said Lori McCarter, Agriculture in the Classroom coordinator for Bureau County.

The 2018-19 teacher grant applications are found at www.agintheclasroom.org, under Teacher Resources/Grants. Grants are available in electronic format and are due by Oct. 1.

Each year, the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program reaches more than 60 percent of all attendance centers in the state of Illinois. The IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm, funds the work through generous contributors. More program information is available at www.agintheclassroom.org. More information on how to support the program through the IAA Foundation is found at www.iaafoundation.org.

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