WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – February 4, 2019– The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) has awarded 165 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, Karen Bouska, commented, “Being raised in Iowa on a century farm in Franklin County, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to teach about agriculture in the classroom.” 



Some of the innovative applicants will be conducting projects this spring including aquaponics, water quality, farm-to-fork projects, dairy field trips 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.



“This year’s wide range of grant projects really show how agriculture can be used to teach a number of different subjects,” said IALF education program manager, Cindy Hall.  “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.”



Clarke Elementary School principal, Jill Kiger, said, “Thank you for this award. Tara is so excited, and our building is thrilled to support her efforts. Thank you again for choosing this project!”



The projects will be completed before the end of the school year with final reports submitted by June 5, 2019. For more information, visit www.iowaagliteracy.org.  The following are award recipients:



Makayla Streeter, Acre Homeschool Cooperative



Debbie Powell, Bedford Elementary School



Alec Clark, Bettendorf Middle School



Chelsey Boldt, Blue Grass Elementary School



Julie Burhoop, Boyer Valley



Sarah Malone, Boyer Valley



Rebekah Gross, Boyer Valley Elementary



Savanna Bachus, Calamus Wheatland Secondary



Sheryl Kennedy, Camanche Elementary School



Jacquelyn Panos, Carrie Lee Elementary



Katie Casterton, Carrie Lee Elementary



Karen Klotzbach, Carrie Lee Elementary



Jennifer DeLaRosa, Carrie Lee Elementary School



Stacy Knight, Carrie Lee Elementary School



Jill Weber, Carroll Community Schools



Sarah Buswell, Carroll Community Schools



Kelly Neumann, Carver Elementary



Jane Boffeli, Cascade Elementary



Sara Lehr, Central City



Sandee Smith, Central Decatur South Elementary



Amy Grantz, Central DeWitt High School



Stephanie Lukavsky, Chariton Middle School



Joyce Keeling, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows



Tara Norman, Clarke Elementary School



Sara Lawrence, Clayton Ridge Elementary



Jill Stannard, Clayton Ridge Elementary School



Brian Lawrence, Clayton Ridge Middle School



Melanie Marreel, Clear Creek Elementary



Cory Behrens, Coon Rapids-Bayard Elementary



Stephanie Spain, Cora B. Darling Elementary



Tamra Foster, Crestwood Elementary School



Mary Vachta, Crestwood Elementary School



Melissa Johnston, Decorah West Side Early Childhood Center



Tara Hemele, Delwood Elementary



Jill Eberhart, Delwood Elementary



Ronda Rathe, Dunkerton Community School



Robynn Anderson, Early Learning Center



Julie Connor, East Elementary



Mike Cooley, East Union Community Schools



Tess Callen, East Union High School .



Linda Tegeler, Ed-Co



Amanda Brink, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School



Jamie Easley, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School



Tonya Ryan, Elk Run Early Childhood Center



Donita Schmitz, Elk Run Preschool



Christy Bryant, Erskine



Jen Rohrbeck, Fairview Elementary



Holly Warnke, Fairview Elementary



Amanda Doud, Oskaloosa Elementary School



Keri Murphy, Oskaloosa Elementary School



Dana Sereg, Oskaloosa Elementary School



Heather Swanstrom, Ottumwa High School



Steven Hameister, Panorama Community Schools



Angela Greiner, Pekin Elementary School



Melissa Sifert, Richard O Jacobson



Paige Volkens, Riverside Elementary School



Brad Taylor, Roland-Story



Angela Carver, Roosevelt Elementary



Brenda Stanley, Sacred Heart School



Jenevieve George, Scattergood Friends School and Farm



Heidi LaBounty, Seeds of Faith



jennifer mauro, Seeds of Faith



Janet Mack, Seeds of Faith



Christine Kennedy, Seeds of Faith Early Learning Center



Tami Little, Sergeant Bluff-Luton Elementary School



Kyle Cleveringa, Sioux Center Middle School



Gene Folsom, South Central Calhoun Middle School



James Green, St. Ansgar Community Schools



Kelly Popp, St. Ansgar Elementary



Sheila Schulz, St. Ansgar Elementary



Kathleen Drey, St. Francis of Assisi School



Jenn Herold, St.Joseph Community School



Sunshine Huisman, Step Ahead Childcare and Preschool



Carrie Fellinger, Strawberry Hill Elementary



John Hebrink, Franklin Middle School



Allison Vallad, Franklin Middle School



Amanda Boyer, Franklin Middle School



Shannon Tesch, Galva-Holstein Elementary School



Julie Wiese, Galva-Holstein Lower Elementary



Jessica Jensen, Galva-Holstein Lower Elementary



Sydney Kinzer, Galva-Holstein Lower Elementary



Emily Thompson, Garfield Elementary



Joni Tickle, Gilbert Elementary School



Jennifer Wrage, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary



Lindsay Plett, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary School



McKaylie Croghan, Glidden-Ralston CDS



Denise DeBruin, Grant Elementary



Megan Trader, Grant Ragan Elementary



Lisa Johnson, Grant Wood Elementary School



Carrie Taylor, Highland Elementary



Sarah Allison, Hubbard-Radcliffe Elem.



Tracy Curtis, Independence Community School District



Cheryl Huebner, John Cline Elementary
Shanna Putnam Dibble, John Cline Elementary School



Jennifer Schlader, Kittrell Elementary



Deborah Errthum, LaSalle Catholic School



Gail Farber, Lincoln Elementary



Angela Boyd, Lincoln Elementary



Miranda Olsen, Little Royals



Mary Jo Hanson, Maple Valley Elementary



Molly Petersen, Mapleton Elementary



Sarah Schmidt, Mapleton Elementary



Ronda MacClure, Mapleton Elementary School



Amanda Seuntjens, Marcus Elementary



Sally Hofmann, Marion Home School Assistance Program



Adam Davis, Martensdale-St. Marys



Tammy Dillinger, Mayflower Christian School



Susan Maitlen, Mayflower School



Dawn Colsch, MFL MarMac Middle School



Angela Pape, MFLMarMac



Kendra Keller, Milo Primary School



Samantha Schroeder, MMCRU



Angie Schnepf, MMCRU Marcus



kate reuter, MMCRU Royals



Jennifer Thompson, Nashua-Plainfield Elementary



Theresa Knutson, New Hampton Elementary



April Schmitt, New Hampton High School



Amy Freese, Newell Fonda Elementary



Lisa Christiansen, Newell-Fonda



Kayla Wingert, Newell-Fonda



Julie Sievers, Newell-Fonda CSD



Jared Elsen, Newell-Fonda Elementary



Courtney Darrow, Newell-Fonda Lower Elem.



Susan Hess, Newell-Fonda School



Jennifer Jensen, North Cedar Elementary



Laura Schroeder, North Cedar Elementary Community School



Dean Behrens, North Cedar Elementary Lowden



Miranda Johnson, North Mahaska Community School District



Kari Albert, Notre Dame



Rachel Kuboushek, Notre Dame Catholic School



Stacey Snyder, Orange Elementary



Savanna Mason, Oskaloosa Elementary



Liz Roe, Oskaloosa Elementary



Stephanie Roberts, Oskaloosa Elementary



Kahlie Green, Oskaloosa Elementary



Kimberly Prendergast, Oskaloosa Elementary



Evie Milbrandt, Turkey Valley



April Schmitt, Turkey Valley Community Schools



Dawn Stoakes, Union HS



Allison Pattee, University of Northern Iowa Child Development Center



Joni Gilchrist, Walnut Hills Elementary



Laura Stallsmith, Washington Elementary



Lisa Hemphill, WCV Comm School



Megan Ginther, Webster City Middle School



Megan Kostka, Webster City Middle School



Melissa Lammers, Webster City Middle School



Joey Lapel, West Campus



Carla Even, West Central Elementary



Ann Reynolds, West Des Moines Schools



Annalee Hollingsworth, West High School



Kellie Knight, West High School



Jill Krueger, West Monona Elementary



Del Brink, Western Hills Elementary



Vicki Winterlin, Westwood Community School



Jennifer Bakke, Whiting Community



Kali Boynton, Whiting Elementary



Tabitha Ann Unternahrer, Winfield Mt. Union CSD



Karen Bouska, Wings Park Elementary



Hannah Blum, Woodbine Community School



Megan Kuhlmann, Woodbine Schools



Danielle Peckenpaugh, Woodbine Schools



SHYLA BREMER, Woodbury Central



Amy Jolivette, Woodrow Wilson Elementary



Nichole Kading, Y.O.U.R. INC.



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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 IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.



Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation



Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation



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