FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/23/13) – Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) is searching across the state for 2013 Excellence in Ag Literacy Award nominees. The award, presented annually by KFB during its annual meeting, was established to recognize and reward teachers who excel in their efforts to incorporate agricultural concepts throughout their core academic studies.
“The real-life application of agriculture in the classroom can significantly aid teachers as they seek ways to engage and maintain student interest in core subject matter,” said Scott Christmas, KFB’s Director of Women and Agricultural Education. “We want to honor teachers who do this well and do this often.”
All certified pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers who are engaged in integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curriculum are eligible. Self-nominations, as well as nominations from school faculty, community leaders or parents, are encouraged.
Nomination forms with guidelines and evaluation criteria for the Excellence in Ag Literacy Award can be downloaded at kyfb.com/federation. All applications must be received at the KFB state office by Friday, November 1.
The winner of the award will be announced on Friday, December 6, during the KFB Annual Meeting at the Galt House in Louisville. In addition to statewide recognition, the winning teacher will also receive $500 and an all-expense-paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, June 23-27, 2014, where he or she will represent Kentucky in the national competition.
“It is a priority at Kentucky Farm Bureau to honor teachers who take student learning to higher levels through the use of ag in the classroom,” concluded Christmas. “We know those experiences will help build a society which understands, values and supports the country’s agricultural industry and its efforts to feed the world.”
Information provided by the Kentucky Farm Bureau
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