BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and the IAA Foundation, along with the Illinois Farm Bureau, announce their 2018-19 classroom grants.
Teachers are urged to apply for these classroom grants of up to $300 to incorporate new and exciting agriculture-related topics into their existing classrooms.
In addition, four $250 special book grants are available for teachers to easily incorporate lessons tied to the Common Core Learning Standards into their existing Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum.
“Our teacher grants are an added bonus for teachers looking to incorporate new and creative ideas into their classrooms during these financially challenging, school funding times,” Kevin Daugherty, education director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom, said.
Teachers are urged to contact their local agriculture literacy coordinator for ideas and assistance in applying for their grants.
“Bureau County offers a variety of topics easy for teachers to incorporate into their current curriculum,” Cara Kniss, county AITC coordinator, said.
The 2018-19 Teacher Grant Applications can be found at http://www.agintheclasroom.org, under Teacher Resources/Grants. Grants are available in electronic format and are due by Oct. 1.
Each year, the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) program reaches more than 60 percent of all attendance centers in Illinois. The IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm, funds the work of IAITC through generous contributors.