Greenfield 5th grade teacher Kirsten Thompson has been awarded a mini-grant for her “Respecting Rural Life!” project from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program. Submitted photo
Greenfield 5th grade teacher Kirsten Thompson has been awarded a mini-grant for her “Respecting Rural Life!” project from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program. Submitted photo

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program has awarded 12 teacher mini-grants to be used for agricultural literacy lessons and activities. Greenfield Elementary School fifth grade teacher Kristin Thompson has qualified again for the program with “Respecting Rural Life!” The grants, funded by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, provide opportunities for teachers to obtain funding that may not be available through their local school budgets.

Thompson teaches 5th grade at Greenfield Elementary School in Baldwin, Wisconsin and was awarded a $100 mini-grant that will be used this school year for: “Respecting Rural Life!” In a two-part project, students will be asked to research rural life skills, conduct interviews of rural-life experts, and then design a three-dimensional model related to the topic. With the school district’s emphasis on personalized learning, the grant will help purchase a variety of non-fiction books the students can use in their research. Helping the student’s reading skills and learning how to research will then allow students to have a better understanding and appreciation of our rural history and then develop a plan to carry those rural life skills into the future.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program also has matching grants available to groups and organizations that conduct agricultural literacy projects. Applications are due by March 1 and can be downloaded at www.wisagclassroom.org or by contacting Darlene Arneson at 608.828.5644 or darneson@wfbf.com.

Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students K-12 with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation's largest industry: agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.