LANSING — Livingston County Farm Bureau in partnership with Smith Elementary School in Fowlerville receives a $1,000 White-Reinhardt mini-grant from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to expand agricultural literacy education in their community. Across the nation, seven grants have been awarded to county Farm Bureaus to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.
“We are excited for Livingston County Farm Bureau, said Tonia Ritter, Manager, Michigan Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Department. “This grant program provides financing for projects county Farm Bureaus might not otherwise be able to accomplish. Counties interested in furthering their agriculture literacy outreach should consider submitting a White-Reinhardt Grant application in the future.”
Livingston County Farm Bureau will use the grant funds to purchase two listening centers with headphones, a media player and carrying case along with eight sets of audio-recorded accurate agriculture books for use in kindergarten classes at Smith Elementary School. The addition of these listening centers builds upon the county Farm Bureau’s existing partnership with third grade classes at the school.
“One of the main ways that students learn to read is by listening to books read to them, said Molly Moulton, kindergarten teacher and grant collaborator. “With the vast array of children’s books that are available to fit in this format, this program would provide students at the earliest level with a sound understanding of agriculture and how it affects their lives.”
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To celebrate the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s 50th Anniversary, $1,000 grants will be awarded for 2018 programming! Criteria for selecting White-Reinhardt grant winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals. Applications for the next grant cycle are due April 15. Details about grant submission can be found on the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s website.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.