180 Grants Support Students Learning Agriculture

180 Grants Support Students Learning Agriculture

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – January 27, 2020 – The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 180 grants to schools throughout Iowa 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 are designed to help teachers initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy in students.  Grants can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, fieldtrips and other projects.

One grant recipient, Dean Behrens, commented, “Thank you so much.  My students are already asking when the quail eggs are coming to school. They are very excited.”

Some of the innovative applicants will be conducting projects this spring including aquaponics, water quality, farm-to-fork projects, dairy field trips, egg hatching, and agricultural history tours.  Successful applicants will use these agricultural experiences to teach language arts, social studies and a variety of other concepts already taught in their classrooms.

“We had some great applications this year involving agriculture in core curriculum in innovative and creative ways,” said IALF education program manager, Cindy Hall.  “These projects will allow teachers to make learning real and relevant for their students and still align to state educational standards.”

The grants are a special project of IALF and made possible through support from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. 

“We are pleased to provide this support for teachers in their classrooms,” said Ronnette Vondrak, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) community resources manager.  “Agricultural literacy is an important aspect of the IFBF goal to build understanding of the value of Iowa agriculture.”

Brooklyn Elementary School superintendent, Brad Hohensee, said, “We are very excited to get this project going. Thanks for your support of our school.”

The projects will be completed before the end of the school year with final reports submitted by June 5, 2020. For more information, visit www.iowaagliteracy.org.  The following are award recipients:

  • Becky Spragg, Albert City Truesdale
  • Ashley Dirks, Albert City-Truesdale Elementary School
  • Kristin Elerding, Alden Elementary
  • Jamie Pudenz, Aplington-Parkersburg High School
  • Spencer Mesick, Bettendorf High School
  • Perry Bentsen, Bettendorf Middle School
  • Neal VanErsvelde, BGM School
  • Laura Allar, Blakesburg Elementary
  • Rebekah Gross, Boyer Valley Schools
  • Julie Burhoop, Boyer Valley Schools
  • Beth Hillebrand, Briggs Elementary School
  • Cassie Edwards, Briggs Elementary School
  • Jenna Olson, Briggs Elementary School
  • Mardell Schaefer, CAL Community School
  • Abby Ritze, Carpenter Elementary
  • Jackie Panos, Carrie Lee Elementary
  • Marcy Klein, Carrie Lee Elementary
  • Karen Klotzbach Klotzbach, Carrie Lee Elementary
  • Jennifer DeLaRosa, Carrie Lee Elementary School
  • Shauna Sandau, Carter Lake Elementary
  • Melinda Rice, Carter Lake Elementary School
  • Jane Boffeli, Cascade Elementary
  • Elizebeth Logsdon, Centerville High School
  • Sara Lehr, Central City CSD
  • Rosa Sondag, Central Decatur Community School
  • Sandee Smith, Central Decatur Elementary
  • Karol Dudley, Clarinda Lutheran School
  • Tara Norman, Clarke Community Elementary School
  • Melanie Marreel, Clear Creek Elementary
  • Shawn Puttmann, Clear Creek Elementary
  • Kristi Miranda, Coon Rapids - Bayard Elementary
  • Cory Behrens, Coon Rapids-Bayard Elementary
  • Darla Davis, Coon-Rapids Bayard CSD
  • Robert Tellgren, Crescent Elementary
  • Salina Chesnut, Creston Early Childhood Center
  • Ann Reynolds, Crestview School of Inquiry
  • Teri Beckman, Danville Elementary School
  • Jill Besler, Delhi Elementary
  • Ray Cavanagh, Delwood Elementary
  • Tara Helmle, Delwood Elementary
  • Rhonda Osborn, Des Moines Christian School
  • Ronda Rathe, Dunkerton Elementary
  • Ashley Flatebo, Eagle Grove Elementary
  • Tess Cochran, East Union HS
  • Linda Tegeler, Ed-Co
  • Tara Holdsworth, Eddyville Jr/Sr High School
  • Emily Prestemon, Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary
  • Adrianna Huff, Edgewood-Colesburg Elementary
  • Carey Winter, Eldora-New Providence Elementary
  • Jamie Easley, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School
  • Donita Schmitz, Elk Run Preschool
  • Jessica Myers, Erskine Elementary
  • Jessica Studebaker, Fairbank Elementary School
  • Holly Warnke, Fairview Elementary
  • Natasha Adams, Fairview Elementary Schools
  • Katie Majeres, Franklin Elementary
  • John Hebrink, Franklin Middle
  • Diane Boltz, Fredericksburg Elementary
  • Julie George, Fredericksburg Elementary School
  • Amanda Vardaman, Garfield Elementary
  • Kelsey Wigans, Gilmore City-Bradgate Elementary School
  • Lindsay Plett, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary
  • Jennifer Wrage, Gladbrook-Reinbeck School
  • Julie Peters, Glidden-Ralston Community School District
  • Jessie Wittrock, Glidden-Ralston Elementary
  • Rachael Kopriva, GMG Elementary School
  • Julie Bates, Grant Elementary
  • Denise DeBruin, Grant Elementary
  • Lisa Johnson, Grant Wood Elementary School
  • Carrie Taylor, Highland Elementary -Waterloo Community Schools
  • Patricia Boggs, Holy Cross School
  • Sarah Allison, Hubbard-Radcliffe Elementary
  • Laurie Petersen, Irwin Elementary
  • Rose Miller, Irwin Elementary
  • Nicole Jurgersen, Jesup Elementary
  • Cheryl Huebner, John Cline Elementary
  • Kathy Ploeger, Kingsley Pierson
  • Jenni Spooner, Kingsley-Pierson
  • Laura Boustead, Kingsley-Pierson Community School District
  • Jennifer Conrad, Kingsley-Pierson Elementary
  • Kasaundra Compton, Kingsley-Pierson Elementary
  • Molli Griffin, Kingsley-Pierson High School
  • Joni Click, Kirchner-French Memorial Library
  • Ann Pottebaum, Kuemper Catholic School - St. Angela Center
  • Amy Overmohle, Kuemper Schools
  • Beverly Ambrosy, La Salle Catholic School
  • Stevette Linden, Loess Hills Elementary
  • Sheryl Carroll, Lucia Wallace Elementary
  • Angie Oberreuter, Maple Valley Anthon Oto
  • Amanda Seuntjens, Marcus Elementary
  • Angie Schnepf, Marcus Meriden Cleghorn School
  • Theressa Northouse, Marshall Elementary
  • Tammy Dillinger, Mayflower Heritage Christian School
  • Sue Maitlen, Mayflower School
  • Sarah Wille, MFL MarMac High School
  • Angela Pape, MFLMarMac
  • Kate Reuter, MMCRU
  • Samantha Schroeder, MMCRU High School
  • Jennifer Thompson, Nashua-Plainfield Elementary
  • Lisa Easley, Nevada Central Elementray
  • Stefanie Throndson, New Hampton Elementary
  • Theresa Knutson, New Hampton Elementary
  • Lisa Christiansen, Newell-Fonda
  • Sherrie Bodholdt, Newell-Fonda
  • Megan Bennigsdorf, Newell-Fonda
  • Julie Sievers, Newell-Fonda CSD
  • Amy Freese, Newell-Fonda CSD
  • Susan Hess, Newell-Fonda Elementary
  • Kayla Wingert, Newell-Fonda Elementary School
  • Courtney Darrow, Newell-Fonda Lower Elem. School
  • Jennifer Jensen, North Cedar Elementary
  • Dean Behrens, North Cedar Elementary Lowden
  • Laura Schroeder, North Cedar Mechanicsville Elementary
  • Miranda Johnson, North Mahaska Jr. Sr. High
  • John Seiser, Northeast Hamilton Elementary
  • Megan Thorson, Northwood Kensett Jr/Sr. High
  • Julie Haskovec, Notre Dame School
  • Katelyn Anderson, Ogden High School
  • Kimberly Prendergast, Oskaloosa Elementary
  • Heather Swanstrom, Ottumwa High School
  • Steven Hameister, Panorama High School
  • Karen Moeller, Prince Peace Catholic School
  • Heather Anderson, Radiant Elementary
  • Arryn Gillespie, Red Oak Early Childhood Center
  • Jacque Stephens, Red Oak Elementary School
  • Julie Voss, Resurrection  Early Childhood
  • Sara Hollenbeck, Riceville
  • Amu Bisenius, Ridge View High School
  • Kourtney Miller, River Valley High School
  • Brad Taylor, Roland-Story High School
  • Melissa Marwedel, Rolling Green Elementary
  • Melissa Irvin, Rue Elementary
  • Brenda Stanley, Sacred Heart School
  • Devin Yeoman, Saint Albert High School
  • Heidi LaBounty, Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
  • Janet Mack, Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
  • Christine Kennedy, Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center
  • Michelle Zimmerman, Seeds of Faith Learning Center
  • Jennifer Mauro, Seeds Of Faith Preschool
  • Yvonne Gaul, Shelby County Catholic School
  • Emily Harris, Shelby County Catholic School
  • Sarah Martin, Shenandoah Community Schools
  • Jenny Bell, Sigourney Elementary
  • Amanda Etter, Southeast Warren Jr.-Sr. High School
  • Emily Murphy, Southeast Warren Primary
  • Jessica Vancura, Spirit Lake Elementary School
  • Jim Green, St. Ansgar Community School
  • Sara Rooney, St. Cecilia School
  • Laura Altiere, West Des Moines Schools
  • Kelly Babcock, St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School
  • Jo Groth, St. Paul's Lutheran School
  • Lisa Rupp, St. Paul's Lutheran School
  • Emily Irr, Stanton Community Schools
  • Sara Kreutz, Storm Lake St. Mary’s Schools
  • Karen Van De Walle, Sumner Fredericksburg High School
  • Heidi Borchers, Terril Elem
  • Pam Schroder, Tri-Center
  • Heather Engelhardt, Trinity Catholic School
  • Evie Milbrandt, Turkey Valley Elementary and Jr./Sr. High
  • Allison Pattee, UNI Child Development Center
  • Cindy Snell, Waukee APEX
  • Carla Even, West Central Elementary
  • Vicki Winterlin, Westwood Community School
  • Jennifer Bakke, Whiting Community School

 

About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture.  The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture.  Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050.  IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives.  IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom.  IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council.  For more information visit IALF online at www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.