Local teachers Win IL AITC Grants

Ten McLean County teachers will receive grant funding from Illinois Ag in the Classroom to add books and projects related to food and farming to their curriculum.

Recipients include:

  • Erin Scott, Washington Elementary, District 87, Biography Books
  • Jennifer Woith, Sheridan Elementary, District 87, Earth Day Books
  • Karli Otloe, Sheridan Elementary, District 87, Poetry Books
  • Kathy Rasch, Prairieland Elementary, Unit 5, Poetry Books
  • Katlyn Sandage, Stevenson Elementary, District 87, Biography Books
  • Krista Mroz, Sheridan Elementary, District 87, Pollinator Books
  • Mary Aper, Benjamin Elementary, Unit 5, Project Grant: “Wonder Table – Inquiry of Plants” & Pollinator Books
  • Suzanne Schertz, Prairieland Elementary, Unit 5, Pollinator Books
  • Tina Thomas, Stevenson Elementary, District 87, Earth Day Books
  • Tracy Hitchins, Sugar Creek, Fairview & Brigham schools, Unit 5, Poetry Books

The grants offer teachers the opportunity to expand their libraries with accurate ag books or purchase supplies for lesson plans related to food and farming. The 2019-2020 Teacher Book Grants are funded in part by The BRANDT Foundation.

The Illinois Ag in the Classroom teacher grants are offered annually thanks to funding from the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of Illinois Farm Bureau.

Ag Science Grants

Soil, genetics, animal science, engineering, technology – the possibilities are almost endless!

Apply for an Ag Science Grant from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation to add hands-on learning to your classroom. Pick one of the recommended kits or submit your own idea!

Need ideas? Check out the kit list or see last year’s winners here!

Click here to apply.

IL AITC Project Grants

Expand your classroom resources with a project grant from Illinois Ag in the Classroom!

Grants for up to $300 can be used to purchase materials for agricultural teaching units, classroom presentations, career fairs and more.

Items that are not eligible for grant funding include field trips, landscaping, plants, incubators and one time use consumables.

Find all the details and apply here.

Application deadline: October 11, 2019

Ag Science Grants Available

Looking to add some hands-on learning to your classroom? Check out the Ag Science Grants from McLean County Farm Bureau Foundation!

Apply for funding to purchase one of the suggested learning kits or create your own project related to the science of food and farming.

Find details & the online application at www.mcfb.org/grants

Application deadline is January 10, 2019.

Ten Local Teachers Get AITC Grants

Ten McLean County teachers will receive grant funding from Illinois Ag in the Classroom to add books and projects related to food and farming to their curriculum.

Recipients include:

  • Jennifer Burns, Carlock, Project Grant: “Ag Bags of Books”
  • Jason Wynn, Colene Hoose, Biographies Book Grant
  • Kelly Reardon, Fox Creek, Project Grant: “From Farm to Table”
  • Lori Stuart, LeRoy Elementary, Biographies Book Grant
  • Robert Harrison, Oakdale, Graphic Novels Book Grant
  • Shawn Schwerman, Parkside Jr. High, Graphic Novels Book Grant
  • Jennifer Corbly, Pepper Ridge, Project Grant: “Decomposing & Composting”
  • Suzanne Schertz, Prairieland, Graphic Novels Book Grant
  • Katie Sandage, Stevenson, Graphic Novels Book Grant
  • Tina Thomas, Stevenson, Biographies Book Grant

The grants offer teachers the opportunity to expand their libraries with accurate ag books or purchase supplies for lesson plans related to food and farming.

The Biographies Book Grant allowed teachers to select from titles about Henry Ford, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Deere or George Washington Carver.

The ag-related graphic novels available through the grant covered the Dust Bowl, pasteurization, Levi Strauss and George Washington Carver.

The Illinois Ag in the Classroom teacher grants are offered annually thanks to funding from the IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of Illinois Farm Bureau.