BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The McLean County Chamber of Commerce celebrates agriculture awareness with their annual Agriculture Awareness Breakfast. This event allows University of Illinois Extension and McLean County 4-H the opportunity to celebrate teachers and students of our communities that are making an effort to incorporate agriculture into their lesson plans, classrooms, and learning experience. Grant opportunities, such as the John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Grant and the George E. Holder Agriculture Awareness Grant, allow teachers to receive funding for their proposed classroom projects to teach McLean County youth about all of the various components of Agriculture.
The recipients recognized at the annual McLean County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Awareness Breakfast for the John Maitland Agriculture Awareness Grant were Angie Edwards and Angie Swartzendruber of Olympia West Elementary, David Weber of Normal West High School, Laura Baner of Olympia North Elementary, Kristen Myers of Tri-Valley High School, Katie Buckley of LeRoy High School, April Schermann of Normal West High School and Bryce Hoffman of Olympia High School.
The recipients of the George E. Holder Agriculture Awareness Grant were also recognized. Those recipients are Maureen Svob from Irving Elementary and Kristen Myers from Tri-Valley High School. The funds from this grant are in honor of the late George Holder and will be used to fund gardening projects for the schools that will serve the students and/or the community.
Winners of the Agriculture Awareness Placemat Contest were also recognized at the breakfast. Gwyneth Kelley (Kindergarten), Emma Thomas (2nd Grade), and Lauren Emm (5th Grade) were all recognized for their hard work and creativity in illustrating what exactly agriculture means to them.
Congratulations to all of our recipients, and thank you for continuing to spread awareness of Agriculture to area youth and communities.
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— University of Illinois Extension
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