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Local teachers win classroom grants


The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation along with the Illinois Farm Bureau® have released the names of the 2023-2024 Teacher Grant Winners.

Six McLean County teachers are among this year’s winners:

· Danielle Estes of Prairieland Elementary in Normal has been awarded a project grant for “Producing” Strong Language Skills

· Susan Mohr of Sheridan Elementary in Bloomington has been awarded a book grant in the category of Celebrating Diverse Foods and Families

· Jordan Newton of Eugene Field School in Normal has been awarded a project grant for Making a Business Out of Plants

· Kathy Rasch and Nate Ford of Prairieland Elementary in Normal have been awarded a book grant in the category of Celebrating Diverse Foods and Families

· Amanda Stanko of Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington has been awarded a project grant for Soil Sifting: An In-Depth Look at What Soil is Comprised Of and a corresponding book grant in the category of Soil

The mission of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program is to bring accurate and authentic agricultural information to students in grades PreK-12 across Illinois.

“Each year our teacher grant program is very competitive, and our judging panel is amazed at the unique programs teachers use to infuse agriculture into their curriculum. Our grant recipients are ready to jump into units of study highlighting agriculture. We see 2023-2024 as a prime opportunity for teachers to infuse their curriculum with agriculture” said Kevin Daugherty, Director, Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement and IAITC.

Susan Moore, Director of the IAA Foundation added, “We take pride in providing resources so teachers can continue to engage and inspire students. These grants are a meaningful way for the IAA Foundation to partner with likeminded organizations to fulfill our mission to support the future of agriculture through education.”

Partner organizations of IAITC include Illinois Farm Bureau, Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Growers, Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. In addition, annual donors include agribusiness partners and event participants with an interest in supporting the future of agriculture. For information on how individuals can contribute, visit www.iaafoundation.org. For information on IAITC, visit www.agintheclassroom.org.


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