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IALF grants available to help teach ag

By Staff | Nov 17, 2016

WEST DES MOINES – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is making mini-grants available to support the integration of agriculture into classroom instruction or after school programs with an academic focus.

The Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Supplement Grants, made possible through support from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, are designed to help Iowa teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students.

Teachers can apply for $200 grants that can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips, and other projects.

Up to 170 grants will be awarded to teachers throughout Iowa.

One of last year’s grant recipients, Raquel Elijah, of West Liberty Elementary, in West Liberty, said, “Students learned an appreciation for growing their own food.

“They were part of the whole process, from preparing for planting, planting, taking care of their garden, and then enjoying what they had grown through a tasty and healthy snack.”

She said, “They also used measurements when recording how much their plants had grown.”

Preschool through 12th grade teachers, librarians, and after-school program coordinators at Iowa schools are eligible to apply. Grants must relate to science or language arts and integrate agriculture into the learning.

“Agriculture in the Classroom and agriculture literacy has been an area of emphasis for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for many years,” said Barb Lykins, IFBF director of community resources. “We see this as a value to teachers allowing them to connect what they are doing to Iowa’s No. 1 industry.”

The deadline for application is Jan. 10, 2017 and the proposed project must take place between Jan. 15 and June 5, 2017.

To apply online or for more information visit www.iowaagliteracy.org.

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