This comes from the American Farm Bureau Federation:
Washington, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau
Foundation for Agriculture recognized eight teachers and two volunteer
educators for their exceptional efforts to encourage agricultural
One of the teachers is Cathy Carr, Banford Elementary School, Canton. She has been teaching for 25 years and has incorporated agriculture
into each of her subjects with her first, second and third grade pupils. She also has partnered with the high school ag program and has started a school garden, developed garden newsletters and created
promotional posters with her pupils and created planting grids with her math students. She also gets her pupils involved in a class worm farm during science to learn about
ecosystems, life cycles, and healthy soil.
The educators will each receive $1,500 scholarships to attend
the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Minneapolis,
Minn., in June. The Foundation, through the White-Reinhardt Fund for
Education, sponsors the scholarships in cooperation with the American
Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee.
This year’s other teacher recipients are: Cathy Britts Axen, Central Middle
School, North Aurora, Ill.; Sarah Glenn, Huntsville Intermediate School, Elkins, Ark.;
Shirley Lettkeman, Watonga Elementary School, Watonga, Okla.; Missy
Locke, Richland Elementary School, Lynnville, Tenn.; Raymond Dennis
Peavy, Lake Joy Elementary, Perry, Ga.; Andrea Jones Seagraves, Crawford
County Eagle’s Nest, Musella, Ga.; and Debra Templin, Prosperity-Rikard
Elementary School, Prosperity, S.C.
This year’s volunteer recipients are: Martha Cripe of Vandalia, Ill., and Melvin Grones of Seguin, Texas.
Educators nationwide attend the conference to learn how to
incorporate real-life agricultural applications into science, social
studies, language arts, math and nutrition lessons.
recipients were judged on past use of innovative programs to educate
students about agriculture as well as future plans to implement
information gained at the Ag In The Classroom conference in their own lesson plans and
share the information with other educators.
The Ag In The Classroom conference joins a diverse group of organizations and
speakers to address how to improve agricultural education and literacy,
showcase successful programs and offer educational materials.
Agriculture Department coordinates the Ag In The Classroom program with the goal of
helping students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in
the economy and society.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and state Farm Bureaus also
support and participate in the program’s efforts. The White-Reinhardt
Fund for Education honors two former American Farm Bureau Women’s
Leadership Committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who
were leaders in early national efforts to educate about agriculture and
improve agricultural literacy.