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Local Schools win Ag in the Classroom Grants

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Mary Ann Schweers’ first graders at St. Mary’s School, Bloomington, discuss their new container garden from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC). Photo by Cyndi Cook

Nine local schools will be sprouting seeds and learning about how plants grow with container gardens and books thanks to a grants from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Grant recipients receive reusable gardening materials including an EarthBox® container, money to purchase soil and seeds, and related books and lessons to further the educational experience.

The winning classrooms include:

  • Mary Aper, 1st Grade at Benjamin Elementary
  • Amanda Carter, 1st Grade at Sheridan Elementary
  • Greg Conn, 7th & 8th Grade at LeRoy Junior High
  • Julie Duff, 1st Grade at Fairview Elementary
  • Tracy Hitchins, pre-K at Sugar Creek Elementary
  • Sarah Johson, 4th Grade at Tri-Valley Middle School
  • Anita Kirk, Kindergarten at Oakland Elementary
  • Julie Schopp, 2nd Grade at LeRoy Elementary
  • Mary Ann Schweers, 1st Grade at St. Mary’s Elementary

In all, 222 teachers from 58 counties in Illinois were awarded a Container Garden grant for use in the classroom.

The grant program was made possible by a $42,000 donation from Archer Daniels Midland Company  to the IAA Foundation for the  Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program.

Visit the Illinois Ag in the Classroom website to learn more about the resources and programs available or visit the IAA Foundation website to see how you can contribute.

 

 

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